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A welcome budget for housing and planning reforms

Blog   Sara Parkinson, Programme Director, London First Some might say the Chancellor left the best for last when he announced the housing and planning reforms in yesterday’s Budget Statement. The Chancellor placed a strong emphasis on planning, acknowledging that tackling the

November 23, 2017 0 comments

Waiting with bated breath for CIL reform

Blog Sara Parkinson, Programme Director, London First With the arrival of Budget day, the development and planning sector will be keen to see the government make a firm commitment to review the planning gain system comprising Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and

November 22, 2017 0 comments

Will the new London Plan deliver for London?

Blog Sara Parkinson, Programme Director, London First For the first time in almost a decade, a new London Plan will be published for consultation on 29 November.  The Plan will set out the Mayor’s strategic policies to guide development and growth

November 16, 2017 0 comments

London’s Housing Crisis – how business can intervene

Blog Natasha Ryan, Campaigns Manager I attended an event last week hosted by the Cabinet Office Business Partnerships Team and the Whitehall & Industry Group, with London First and employers Deloitte, Starbucks and Golin sharing how they have implemented policies to

November 15, 2017 0 comments

Every budget is difficult

Blog John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy, London First Every budget is difficult. Chancellors seldom have enough cash to meet the combined needs of the spending departments, let alone the demands from their stakeholders. But this budget will be particularly

November 15, 2017 0 comments

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