Archive for May, 2014

Reports from student collaborations in 2014

May 29, 2014

UCL students working with community and environmental groups in 2013-14 are now being completed and some are being posted here to make them widely available.

Two people have been working with the Regent’s Network and with local groups in the Old Oak Common Opportunity Area and have written reports designed to support the case for the use of the canal – which runs right through the Opportunity Area – to carry freight, particularly spoil and debris from demolition and excavation and construction materials, thus reducing the very heavy road traffic which the development threatens to impose. The work is in two parts:
Part A by Rebecca Payne Part A – Canal freight RP examines the waterborne freight issues in terms of the policies of various bodies and the scope for action.
Part B by Kate Beeching Part B – Barging In KB exploring the complex responsibilities for canal freight development in relation to the proposed HS2.

DCLG meet UCL on NP

May 14, 2014

James Dadge and Mick Duggan from the DCLG team which runs Neighbourhood Planning addressed a meeting of students and staff at UCL Bartlett Planning (and Urban Studies), with an update on NP progress.  Eleanor Lowenthal spoke about work being done to support Our Tottenham by various students, while Thomas Zhong described work over the last two years supporting a Neighbourhood Forum in Brent.  Presentations here to download:

DCLG: 140512_UCL DCLG Presentation_JD MD (has useful onward links)

Tottenham: Eleanor Lowenthal TottenhamPresentation

Brent: Thomas Zhong CHURCH ROAD, ROUNDWOOD Brent

also useful: new crowd-sourced bibliography on NP: http://bit.ly/1liqaIs

There was a strong discussion and it is clear that student groups can really contribute valuably to the work of Neighbourhood groups and Forums. UCL seems to be pioneering on this.

Students support community conference on opportunity area planning: report now out

May 3, 2014

A number of UCL student volunteers helped to organise, run and record an important conference held by the London Tenants Federation and Just Space for community groups seeking to influence the planning of the 33 large “Opportunity Areas” in which much of London’s major construction is under way or planned. This event was part of a project funded by the Trust for London to support community engagement in six fast-changing parts of the city and it drew heavily on the 25-year experience of campaigning at King’s Cross. The conference report is linked from the JustSpace web site and a PDF is on the LTF site.

The conference also saw the launch of a web-based map linking community activity in London which is part of the same project.