Just when you think it’s safe to forget about politics and tuck into that well-deserved Easter Egg, think again.
We may only be two weeks into 2019, but political change is already in motion across London. Away from ongoing struggles in Brussels and Westminster, some of London’s boroughs will have fresh leadership this year. The most notable change to date is in Lambeth following today's resignation of Councillor Lib Peck, whilst sources indicate there could be changes afoot elsewhere.
Engagement with the community has now been an integral part of the planning process in London for a number of years. Working with the community helps to build a narrative behind the development that can be crucial to winning the support of politicians and decision makers alike. By William Mendoza
Last Sunday, as Cascade travelled to Conservative Party Conference, there were rumours of a big announcement scheduled for that evening - possibly as a means of dampening any post-conference jump in the polls for Labour. However, the announcement was delayed, with many attributing this to the embarrassment over problems with the Party’s own conference app, or perhaps in anticipation of the media frenzy Boris Johnson would cause.
Yesterday, Cascade sat in on no less than eight planning and development related events. It seems that Government Ministers have been banned from making any headline-grabbing announcements, so there were no surprises from our new Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, or Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse, who were both keen attendees at these fringe talks.
And last but not least, it’s the Conservatives’ turn to appeal for your vote at their annual Party Conference. Over the next few days, Emma and Luke will be providing you with some insight about what this Government has in store for the planning and development industry, the state of the Party, as well as their own election prospects and very hopefully, some clarity over Brexit.
Away from the high-profile debates around the selection of MPs and Labour Leaders, or even the more bizarre position Labour has taken on a possible second referendum, the hotter topic of conversation on the Conference Fringe has been housing.
Chris Rumsey highlights the imporatance of effective and professional construction communications.
Cascade is delighted to have helped secure three planning approvals at Wandsworth's Planning Applications Committee last night for our clients: the Royal College of Art (RCA), STEP and South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Optivo.
To borrow from Donald Rumsfeld, one of the “known knowns” post the local elections in May was that London politics was about to become an amplified battleground for Labour politics, regardless of how the results had gone on May 3rd. Mark Walker explores the implications of Labour Council Leaders being elected by local Labour members, instead of the current elected Labour groups on the council as it is now.
Stephen Goodall provides an update on the Letwin Report. An excess of “relatively homogeneous” new-build homes has reduced market demand, weakening supply from house builders, concludes Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP in his draft analysis of build out rates.
Today, after 2,000 plus responses, Sadiq Khan has published his housing strategy for London. Has anything changed since the draft was published in September last year and who is the publication really for? Chris Rumsey provides insight on behalf of Cascade Communications
How have the local elections results impacted on the Mayor’s relationship with the boroughs, especially the Labour ones? Christian Cosby from Cascade discusses the impact.
Cascade is delighted to have supported London Square in securing planning approval for Phase 1B of their exciting development in the centre of Staines and are proud to have been shortlisted for our work on the Old Southwark Fire Station as the CIPR Planning Campaign of the Year.
As the dust starts to settle on another set of elections, we wanted to bring you up to date on the results and what’s been learnt so far.
As the build up to the London elections continues and party manifestos are being announced, Chris Rumsey discusses how the elections in May are already affecting the expectation around community engagement and pre-application consultation.
In normal times the once safe Conservative borough of Redbridge would be a key target for the party to win back, however the political wind hasn’t changed direction. Instead the Tories are focusing their time and energy to keep hold of the council seats they still have.