Check out 'Hammerson' (the 'LIVING BRIDGE' people), 'Standard Life Investments' and 'London Communications Agency'.
BARNET IN ACTION: Barnet's Press Office - THE SLEEPER AWAKES! - It's a 'Great Planning Success Story'!
HAMMERSON SAYS: "There is a danger that the process could be side-tracked by agitators, and that NIMBYS will undermine the process."
PRIVATE EYE: Barnet is a 'Rotten Borough'! (so what's new?) PLUS: It's Grim Up North London PLUS: HOME (see latest posts)
Municipal Dreams (Hammerson's out-of-town car-based Brent Cross plan incorporates all the latest thinking)
'The County of London Plan, 1943:
"If only we will" '
"The County of London Plan was commissioned by the London County Council, written by JH Forshaw (Chief Architect to the LCC) and Patrick Abercrombie (the most famous town planner of his day and Professor of Town Planning at University College, London) and published in 1943.
"It was a bold and comprehensive reimagining of the capital and, though most of its specific proposals were quickly forgotten in the austerity and necessary pragmatism of the post-war years, we should recall its ideals and vision – and perhaps learn from them too.
"... To modern eyes, there is something bitter-sweet in all this – in the irony that it is war that can unleash our most creative and idealistic ambitions for a better world; in the fact that war itself provided both the means – the power of the state and the collective will of the people – and the opportunity to rebuild." [Instead of which, we now have the corrupt Brent Cross planning application. Oh, well.]
To Thurs 16 Oct: "Long term transport strategy - public consultation" (It's Brent. Barnet has been "roads, roads, roads, roads" [Cllr. Coleman])
|Link to survey|
"LB of Brent is currently consulting on our Long Term Transport Strategy (2015 to 2035).
"The strategy has been developed to allow us to plan for future investment in transport throughout the borough for the next 20 years.
"This is your chance to let us know your thoughts on things like cycling in the borough, public transport and the proposed HS2.
"The consultation will run from Thursday 21 August 2014 to Thursday 16 October 2014.
"To take part in the consultation, fill in an online form or you can attend one of our public exhibitions being held at Brent Civic Centre on:
- Thursday 25 September, 5pm to 8pm
- Friday 26 September, 10am to 4pm
- Saturday 4 October, 11am to 4pm
Actually, it's The Guardian:
"Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes?" [Link above.]
"Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst: these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot
"In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls 'festering urban sores'.
"But China [or rather Barnet and Hammerson!] looked back instead of forward. Over the past decade and a half, the nation’s developers and government officials have replicated discredited urban planning templates, importing ideas that were tested, failed and long since abandoned in places like Europe and the US. Planning authorities have committed 'essentially all the mistakes that have been made in the western world before', says Yan Song, director of the programme on Chinese cities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"She recalls how 10 years ago, a delegation of planners from the US convened with Chinese officials, who were then working on eliminating Beijing’s cycle lanes to make room for more cars. 'The American planners were saying, "Don’t do that, please! We’ve done that, we have made that mistake. Don’t follow us,"' says Song. 'But at the time, when you have that kind of modernisation, people love cars – so unfortunately the planners there didn’t listen.' (A few years later, Beijing backpedalled, and since 2010 it has been working to bring back the bicycles.)" [Pity Barnet and Hammerson didn't listen, either!]
"They forgot the motor city in the years of American urban renewal, but now JP Morgan is writing a $100m cheque to kickstart Detroit. Some doubt the bank’s motives"
|Link to web site|
"There are all sorts of theories in Detroit for why the Wall Street banking giant JP Morgan Chase is spending $100m (£60m) to help fix parts of this city. It’s charity; it’s a secret deal with the Justice Department; it’s guilt over all the Detroiters the bank foreclosed on during the crisis; it’s a plot to privatise municipal infrastructure.
"... The [biggest] risk to the bank would be the total collapse of Detroit’s economy: the bank, which has roots in the city going back 80 years, employs 3,600 people in Michigan across 300 branches. Last year, it was the largest consumer mortgage lender in the state.
Mr Seybert says:
"The broader test is whether a big enough injection of private money can move markets to deliver positive change.
Bank capital is shareholder capital. We're not a foundation here. I feel very strongly about this. Community development needs to be sustainable, and we expect a return on our investment."
Daily Telegraph: "We're stuck in the 'Yes-But' economy, where interest rate rises are forever delayed"
"For every indication that the economy is on the mend, there is another that suggests things could unravel very quickly"
|Link to web site|
"Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of the 'Yes-But' economy. It is, as you are doubtless becoming aware, a strange, febrile place – one that is forever teetering on the brink of an inflection point without ever quite tipping over. There’s plenty of good news but it comes couched in significant caveats; likewise, most of the gloom is cancelled out by equal and opposite cheer. Is the glass half full or half empty? Well, that depends on your point of view, and which statistics you choose to back it up.
It is, in other words, an environment replete with excuses for inaction, especially if you are one of the world’s central bankers currently gathering for their annual jamboree at Jackson Hole this week. (What, incidentally, is the collective noun for central bankers? An 'indecision', perhaps?)
"... Ambiguous economic signals provide reasons not to raise interest rates. But they are also the consequence of the decision not to raise interest rates. The fragility of the 'Yes-But' economy is both maintained and sustained by the unwillingness of central banks to end the biggest monetary experiment in history."
[Reposted] Evening Standard: Hammerson's Brent Cross: "A lot of imagination in the layout" (Then, not now.)
"It is a wonderful asset to be able to park your car and do all your shopping under one roof, without worrying about traffic wardens or getting wet," says Mrs Renee Stitcher, a magistrate's wife.
We took her around the centre to see for herself what was going on, and to get her views about the shopping centre.
"It is a wonderful centre - a lot of imagination has gone into the layout, and I am enjoying walking around the shops, and also having the chance of a sit down and something to eat and drink," she said.
Sometimes she uses Golders Green for her shopping, but says parking is a real problem. "The council has not provided any parking. Either you park a long way away and walk, or else go elsewhere.
"I have been going to the West End, because I can get a car park and a choice of goods.
"The chance of doing all my shopping in one go will be just what many housewives want - and they needn't get wet in the process.
"I like the design and layout of the centre, but my husband is going to be furious because it will encourage me to shop more often!
"High on my priority list with this centre is its convenience. You can come by car and park all around it, and get into the shops on two completely different levels.
"The big West End stores have come out to where we live, and it looks as though there will be plenty of choice.
"I like the big islands of carpeting in the Fenwicks store. The aim of this, I am told, is to help identify each department - the whole store ... looks very bright and cheerful.
"In these days of economic depression and general problems, everyone needs a lift - and this store provides it. I think the Fenwicks store is nicer than many similar styles I have seen in America.
Her one big worry was that the centre was big and overpowering. "It might take a long time before people get used to it."
6 Jan 1976
Link to HOME (see all posts).
|Link to web site|
"A breakthrough in cycle safety was unveiled today, as work began to create the first fully segregated roundabout in London.
"Cyclists and vehicles will be kept apart by using raised kerbs and separate traffic lights on the Queen’s Circus roundabout in Battersea.
"The interchange is not notorious for collisions, but Wandsworth council decided to make the improvements to prioritise cycling and walking as the Nine Elms area is redeveloped."
Hammerson's development manager Russell Beresford "disappointed" with Swansea's plan (Barnet engineered the Brent Cross corrupt plan, so no disappointment HERE)
|Link to BBC web site|
"Developers Hammerson have been given permission for a £10m revamp of Swansea's [semi-out-of-town - we know the feeling!] Parc Tawe retail outlet, but said a restriction blocking it for 12 years from approaching well-known stores is not acceptable.
"Swansea council claims the restriction is to protect its plans for the city centre.
"... Hammerson's development manager Russell Beresford, said:
"It's a strange day when a leader of a council desperate for investment chooses to unfairly [unfairly?? bless!] criticise a major [useless] landowner and potential investor in the city [so crawl before us, you pond-life scum] and we very much hope his approach doesn't put off anyone considering investing in the city [in our race to the bottom]."Swansea has struggled to find a way of successfully regenerating the centre following the collapse of the long-time proposed Castle Quays development in 2004 which suffered several false starts, including with Hammerson."
... We are therefore considering our options."
|Link to web site|
"Charities fear they will be left homeless after being evicted from a London tower block.
"Many of the current tenants — more than 100 small businesses and charities — have been given as little as four to six weeks' notice to leave, it is claimed. Developers plan to turn the 14-storey Premier House in Barnet into 112 'reasonably priced' flats.
"Andrea Bilbow is chief executive of Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (Addiss) which is based in the building. It runs a helpline used by around 5,000 people a year. She said:
"The shocking news that we have to move with just six weeks’ notice arrived at the start of summer holidays."
"The London Borough of Barnet wishes to appoint a single legal services provider to provide legal advice on the Council’s Brent Cross Cricklewood Project, including but not limited to:
b. Procurement (including joint ventures and other delivery mechanisms)
c. Planning (including Section 106 Agreements)
d. Highways(including Section 278 Agreements)
e. Financial and commercial
f. Tax (if required[!]), and
g. Affordable Housing."
"Total final value of the contract(s): £5,000,000. Excluding VAT."
Award criteria (at least Barnet is actually tendering nowadays, not just routinely paying invoices without any tender or any contract!)
|Quality – Experience, Skills, Knowledge & Understanding||15|
|Quality - Procurement||10|
|Quality – Commercial||10|
|Quality – Planning||10|
|Quality – Public Sector Partnership||10|
|Quality – Delivery of Services||15|
|Quality – Presentation||10|
"And the winner (out of 8 offers received) is..."
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLPDate of contract award: 14-07-2014
"Every single one of us cares about what we do and why we're doing it. It's never just another job to us. Our reputation for standing by our clients and our people is reflected in their loyalty to us. It's also reflected in our status as one of the UK's Best Workplaces."
"We don't want to be acceptable, we want to be exceptional. As the world becomes more regulated and complex, our clients will continue to expect more from us - and we won't let them down."
"Dynamic thinkers with a positive outlook and an entrepreneurial spirit, we're always looking to explore new ideas and shed light on technical and complex issues."
"As clients demand more and more of their lawyers, we're constantly extending our services and developing our insight to exceed their requirements - through our enhanced sector experience, increased international reach and flexible delivery models."
"A human touch and spirit is something you wouldn't associate with most law firms. We're proof that it's possible for top lawyers to be approachable, inspirational team players."
Jonathan Joseph's Brent Cross and Russell Beresford's Parc Tawe: Councillors say Hammerson cares "Sod All"
|Link to South Wales Evening Post|
"THE redevelopment of Swansea's Parc Tawe has been given the go-ahead by councillors — despite a warning from the firm behind the project that some of the conditions being imposed on it are unacceptable.
"Russell Beresford, from developers Hammerson, said it had an interest in making sure the city centre did well [ha!], and was prepared to accept other planning conditions but not condition four, adding that a revamped Parc Tawe would support some 300 full time equivalent jobs.
But councillors decided to keep the contested condition in the planning approval — and had some harsh words for Hammerson.
Ward member David Phillips sarcastically congratulated Hammerson on 'getting off their backsides' and finding possible tenants for a revamped Parc Tawe but accused them of doing 'sod all' for the city centre when they were responsible for it as agents."
|The Guardian: |
"Elephant and Castle and beyond:
what is the right way to regenerate in London?"
"Elephant and Castle regeneration:
what are the rights and wrongs?"
|"How the Heygate estate at Elephant & Castle|
was sold to Lend Lease for a song"
Link to 'Private Eye' (lengthy PDF)
Er, that's all.
|Scoot to web site|
"New government statistics reveal that motor vehicle traffic has risen by 1.4 percent to 77.1bn vehicle miles.The data was released within the Department for Transport’s Quarterly Road Traffic Estimates. Another report – Congestion on local A roads – reveals that average speed on local A roads has dropped to 24.4mph, down 0.9 percent on this time last year.
Allan Williams, Policy Advisor for Sustrans said:
“Traffic is a major headache for everyone but we can't build our way out of road congestion. According to the Government’s own analysis there’s little evidence of wider economic, social or environmental benefits either.
The key to unlock road traffic congestion is to give people a choice about how they travel by providing safe, convenient and affordable alternatives to driving."
Barnet Times: " 'A town where only the rich can live' - concern over lack of social housing in Barnet"
|Link to web site|
"Overcrowding in Barnet demands a more 'ambitious' housing programme - despite the approval of 27 new homes, according to a councillor.
"Social housing landlord Barnet Homes is set to build new flats and houses on disused sites in Tarling Road, Haldane Close, Brent Place and Bedford Road.
"It forms part of a wider scheme to build 28,000 new homes by 2025, of which 40 per cent will be designated 'affordable'."
|Link to web site|
-a vote of confidence in Hammerson's Brent Cross, then. Not.
"The mayor's office [has just] released its £1.3trn - yes, trillion - London Infrastructure 2050 plan. The document contains all sorts of goodies for the sort of people who get all excited by the prospect of new transport infrastructure (i.e. us), so we'll no doubt be writing about it rather a lot.
"Perhaps the most striking proposal it contains, however, is the one for a new orbital rail link, which would connect a string of existing lines to the Overground Network and which, according to the Guardian, is referred to by officials as the 'R25', after London's orbital motorway."
|Link to 'London 2050'|
|Link to Brent Planning web site|
"Installation of 0.5mm clear nylon wire spans between poles in 14 locations within the London Borough of Brent (and additional ones in adjacent boroughs) to complete a notional 'enclosure' (as defined in Jewish law) so as to ease Sabbath observance for non-ambulant persons and their carers"
|Link to two Westminster documents|
|Link to Ham & High:|
"Jewish Eruv plans would see poles and fishing wire
erected in West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage"
|Link to web site|
"Alex Beard reports from Earls Court, where planning permission has been given to demolish the exhibition centres and existing estates to build 7,500 homes on the 77 acre site."
|Pedal to web site|
"... This 'living bridge' will allow cyclists to cross the North Circular, which sounds good. However, there will be no quality cycle access to it from the south or south-west, so far as we can see. The only access from the west side of Barnet, and Brent, will be via Claremont Road, an unpleasant rat-run which is sure to be made much worse by traffic generated by the housing developments planned, or via another new bridge, across the Midland Main Line, connecting to the A5 Edgware Road, a hostile main road which has absolutely no cycling facilities.
"Why, in a brand new development, where most of the infrastructure is being rebuilt, are the developers planning shared cycle and pedestrian routes? This is planning for failure in terms of attracting significant volumes of cyclists. They should be planning separation.
"Perhaps most seriously, as we have repeatedly pointed out, the flaw with this plan for a riverside path along the Brent is that it goes nowhere at the west end. Brent Park Road merely meets the concrete wall of the A5 flyover across Stapes Corner West. There will be no way for cyclists to escape at that end, as they can't go north up the A5 without cycling illegally on the pavement, and they won't be able to go south, as they will be swept back into a new traffic system at the junction into the North Circular [shown above]. There are no other roads going south.
There is one going north, Dallas Road, but that creates no practical routes towards Brent because of the banned turn at the junction of Park Road with the A5."
Barnet Times: "Calls for Barnet Borough Council leader to step down from panel which will determine Cllr Rayner's fate"
|Link to web site|
"GLA member for Barnet Andrew Dismore is calling on the authority’s leader to step down as the chairman of a panel which will determine whether the Mayor of Barnet abused his position as a councillor.
"Conservative Councillor Hugh Rayner is under investigation by Barnet Borough Council’s monitoring officer for failing to declare the fact that he is a landlord when voting on controversial housing policies.
"Fellow Conservative and council leader Richard Cornelius, who is due to chair the panel to determine Cllr Rayner's fate, has previously come out in support of him and denied [he] should resign, despite strong criticism."
UNAUDITED RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014
MAXIMISING INCOME THROUGH ACTIVE MANAGEMENT
- Strong demand for high-quality retail property, with new rents secured of £12 million (2013: £10 million) for 67,800m² (2013: 70,600m²).
- Leases signed overall at 7% above ERV and 6% above previous passing rents, providing confidence in future income growth.
- Improving UK shopping centre performance with tenant sales growth of 2.5% and ERVs increasing by 0.7%.
- Group occupancy of 97.2%, again exceeding our benchmark of 97%.
- Interim dividend increased by 6.0% to 8.8 pence per share (2013 interim: 8.3 pence).
CREATING HIGH-QUALITY RETAIL DESTINATIONS
- Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille, opened in May. The centre is now 98% let and has produced a 23% profit on cost.
- On site at five development schemes, with construction started at Victoria Gate, Leeds, in April.
- Planning approval received for major retail developments at Brent Cross, London, and Watermark WestQuay, Southampton.
- Submitted a planning application for 260,000m2 mixed-use development at The Goodsyard, London.
- Completed 5,000m2 extension at Abbotsinch Retail Park, Paisley, and due to start the redevelopment of Elliott’s Field Retail Park, Rugby, in autumn 2014.
"Champagne bar opening this summer"
|Link to web site|
"Ignoring wide-scale opposition from local residents and businesses, the London boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham have approved the demolition of the world-famous, iconic, art deco Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre.
"The Earl’s Court Area Action Group believes that decision is wrong. It is now campaigning to save an asset that is of vital importance to the capital's economy.
"Together, Earl’s Court’s twin exhibition halls provide West London's largest exhibition/ conference space and concert venue. Despite assurances, it transpires no tangible replacement facilities will replace a loss, which economically and culturally defines the area."
Hammerson / Allies & Morrison / Chapman Taylor: Attractive-to-use Brent Cross Living Bridge - as magical as the current one?
"Always exceed the expectations of the users"
"Here comes the place where cleaves our way in twain.
Thy road, the right, toward Pluto's dwelling goes,
And leads us to Elysium.
"In no fix'd place the happy souls reside.
In groves we live, and lie on mossy beds,
By crystal streams, that murmur thro' the meads:
But pass yon easy hill, and thence descend;
The path conducts you to your journey's end."
VIRGIL, The Aeneid
(No, not Thunderbirds, the Roman poet.)