News Round-up

Canada Water Masterplan Unanimous Consent

Newington has worked with British Land on the Canada Water Masterplan for over five years. We were delighted to see the Masterplan receive unanimous approval from Southwark Council’s Planning Committee on 30 September.

In that time we have worked closely with key stakeholders in Southwark and we were delighted to see such strong support for the scheme from across The Borough including: local residents, the local MP, cabinet members, officers, TfL and ward councillors.

We are excited by the opportunities that the Canada Water Masterplan can bring to help change the lives of local residents for the better.  Building new housing, including 35% affordable, bringing new employment and training opportunities to the area, and creating a new world-class town centre in South London.

 

Ilford Selection Drama

Labour were plunged into chaos in East London this week as Cllr Jas Athwal, Redbridge Council Leader and frontrunner to replace now Independent MP Mike Gapes, was suspended from the Party hours before members were due to vote. Accusations of racism and Labour HQ "stitch-up" abound (Sam Tarry was considered the main challenger). Following demands from local members, the process has now reopened, but it's unlikely that Athwal will be part of it. 

 

Jenrick intervenes in South Oxfordshire

MHCLG Secretary of State has just intervened in the South Oxfordshire District Local Plan, to ask the council to take no more action while he considers the matter further. A local plan process that has been dogged with controversy and political change is now in continued doubt, as is the impact on the wider Oxfordshire Growth Deal. 

 

Manchester City Council Planning Mini Reshuffle

Labour last week removed Cllr Ben Clay (Burnage Ward) from the Planning Committee to make way for Cllrs Paul Andrews and John Flanagan. Clay has been one of the most outspoken councillors in support of more affordable housing and against "gentrification" in the city, but it was his allegations of censorship in the Sunday Times around the Peterloo Commemoration that are likely to have triggered the change.