Duncan Bowie: where is the planning in Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan?

Described at Municipal Dreams as “an esteemed figure in housing and planning circles”, Duncan Bowie is a long-standing academic in his field and advisor to London government, including Ken Livingstone when he was mayor. This […]


Haringey: Labour branch rebukes Sadiq Khan over NHS devolution deal

Health professionals in the capital and politicians from across the party spectrum have long argued that the NHS would serve the city’s people better if more control of it was devolved to London level. Sadiq Khan […]


Huge mismatch between demand for social housing and availability in London, Shelter reports

London boroughs as diverse as Newham, Merton and Kingston are at the top of the national list of local authorities with the largest gaps between the numbers of households on their social housing waiting lists […]


Haringey: moves against ‘Corbyn Council’ leader are already underway

Predictions that newly-elected Haringey Council leader Joseph Ejiofor would soon come under pressure from Corbyn Left activists who didn’t want him to get the job appear borne out by recent events. The Stop HDV campaign, […]


Grenfell inquiry might confound the “bad city” London narrative

Throughout the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, political activists, many journalists and a pack of social media agitators have been telling the world – and each other – a story about who was to blame, much of […]


London Festival of Architecture: buildings and identity

The 2018 London Festival of Architecture, which runs for the whole of June, formally opened on Friday evening with a party in the roof garden of 120 Fenchurch Street (pictured above), a 15-storey Square Mile building […]


How can London learn to love regeneration and embrace the idea of ‘good growth’?

Next month, On London and the London Society are holding a debate about regeneration and how “good growth” can be achieved in a city which urgently needs to build more as its population rises towards 10 million, […]


Sadiq Khan’s affordable homes investment: some detail and context

Last week, City Hall announced that Sadiq Khan will “kickstart” a “major council homebuilding comeback” in London by investing £1.67bn in boroughs’ own housebuilding programmes and in so doing “help get 10,000 new council homes underway […]


Sarah Hayward: housing is still top of London’s ‘to-do’ list, so what can its councils do?

The dust is settling on London’s local elections, and after a lot of froth and high expectations, nothing much has changed. Control of almost all of London’s councils is very much as you were. There […]