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Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

Croydon consults on removing permitted development rights for HMOs

A south London council is proposing to introduce an order that would require planning permission for the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in an effort to protect family homes.

Think-tank calls for scrapping of London Plan space standards to support 'micro-homes'

Think-tank calls for scrapping of London Plan space standards to support 'micro-homes'

The emerging London Plan should be amended to remove minimum space requirements for co-living units and "micro-homes" in order to help the capital become "a denser, more liveable city", a report by free market think-tank the Adam Smith Institute has recommended.

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Why the mayor is angry about the housing secretary's London interventions

Why the mayor is angry about the housing secretary's London interventions

A more interventionist approach by the housing secretary on planning decisions in the capital has angered London mayor Sadiq Khan. Observers say the government's line could make both developers and councils nervous.

The implications of the SoS's rejection of an estate regeneration on grounds of social housing loss

The implications of the SoS's rejection of an estate regeneration on grounds of social housing loss

The decision by housing secretary James Brokenshire to refuse plans for an estate regeneration scheme in west London is an important marker for the way social housing is valued in such renewal schemes, practitioners and politicians have claimed.

Neighbourhood Watch: 11th London neighbourhood plan cleared

Neighbourhood Watch: 11th London neighbourhood plan cleared

Two more neighbourhood plans moved towards adoption in London last month, with voters in Westminster and Richmond providing the latest referendum wins.

What Appeal Court criticism of profit-motivated enforcement means for councils

What Appeal Court criticism of profit-motivated enforcement means for councils

A north London council has been rapped by the Court of Appeal for pursuing a confiscation order based on the "improper motive" of achieving "financial advantage". Experts say the ruling should not inhibit authorities from such actions, but important lessons can be drawn from the case.


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