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Click above for what became the consented plan, plus Transport page.

2017-09-29

GetWestLondon: "West London Orbital Railway 'stands good a chance of becoming a reality' and here is how it will look"


Link to web site

"Plans for a new orbital railway line linking north and west London have been given the thumbs up by an economic board and made a significant step towards becoming a reality.

"The West London Orbital Railway would consist of two new lines one running from West Hampstead to Hounslow and another running from Hendon to Isleworth via Brent Cross.

"... Brent councillor and West London Orbital Railway campaigner, Lia Colacicco, said:
"I had to pinch myself – I have spent eight years campaigning for the West London Orbital Railway, and now it actually stands a good chance of becoming a reality."

2017-09-27

The Guardian: "Robots could destabilise world through war and unemployment, says UN"


"United Nations opens new centre in Netherlands to monitor artificial intelligence and predict possible threats"

Link to web site

"The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.

"From the risk of mass unemployment to the deployment of autonomous robotics by criminal organisations or rogue states, the new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics has been set the goal of second-guessing the possible threats.

"It is estimated that 30% of jobs in Britain are potentially under threat from breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, according to the consultancy firm PwC. In some sectors half the jobs could go. A recent study by the International Bar Association claimed robotics could force governments to legislate for quotas of human workers."


Link to web site

Daily Telegraph: "These are the jobs most at risk of automation according to Oxford University: Is yours one of them?"
"In his speech at the 2017 Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn outlined his desire to "urgently... face the challenge of automation", which he called a " threat in the hands of the greedy".

"Whether or not Corbyn is planing a potentially controversial 'robot tax' wasn't clear from his speech, but addressing the forward march of automation is a savvy move designed to appeal to voters in low-paying, routine work.

"Automation of jobs through technological advances have been mooted for years but analyses have shown that progress towards this eventuality may be accelerating."

2017-09-26

Capita tries, but the fish ain't biting? Work on the miserable Brent Cross scheme!


From 1 days ago [sic]

www.glassdoor.com

Senior Planner Brent Cross


About the role

Regional Enterprise is looking for a Senior Planner to join our Brent Cross planning team based in Barnet, London. This role will see you working with the Brent Cross Planning and Transport Manager and with other Principal Planners within the team, and you will support and process a range of planning applications associated with the comprehensive regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood area. You will be an enthusiastic, flexible, forward thinking planner with practical experience of development management and/or planning consultancy. This is an excellent opportunity to move into a public sector focused planning role, working with a range of stakeholders and on one of the most exciting regeneration developments in the city of London!

About Capita Re

Re, Regional Enterprise Limited, is a joint venture between the London Borough of Barnet and Capita. Re runs the Council’s development and regulatory services including strategic planning, development management and regeneration services and will deliver growth in the Borough and develop a new and exciting consultancy business, which will supplement the core activities. Re aim to build better services, provide value for money, support the local economy and make Barnet an even better place to live and work

About Brent Cross

Delivering a new town for London is a huge undertaking; do you want to be part of team that is leading on key elements of one of the largest regeneration programmes in Europe?

Brent Cross is a £4billion mixed-used regeneration scheme covering over 150 acres in North West London.

We are working with London Borough of Barnet and the private sector to facilitate the construction of a new shopping centre and the creation of a new town centre. In addition the scheme will provide 7,500 new homes, space for over 20,000 jobs, supported by a new Thameslink station and the biggest ever TfL road project. This new urban quarter will make Barnet one of the most vibrant areas of London, a place where people will want to live, work and invest.

What you will do:

  • Working with the Brent Cross North development partners to bring forward and assess Reserved Matter Applications and pre-commencement approvals associated with the Brent Cross Shopping Centre expansion in accordance with the outline planning permission;
  • Working with the Council’s new development partner for Brent Cross South to bring forward new housing, retail and office development in accordance with the outline planning permission and wider planning policy framework;
  • Working closely with the Council’s Regeneration Service to advice on the planning strategy for the new Thameslink Station, Waste Handling Facility and Rail Freight Facility, provide pre-application input and advice and determine the associated reserved matters and drop-in planning applications;
  • Discharging a range of pre-RMA and pre-commencement conditions. These conditions are wide ranging and will include the co-ordination of specialist transport, environmental and legal input.
  • The post holder will process and assess a caseload of planning applications and provide support to principal planners and managers on planning matters to assist service delivery in relation the project;
  • Working with principal planners to provide pre-application advice to developers and process and assess planning applications, reserved matters applications, section 73 applications, section 96a applications, discharge of conditions and other relevant applications associated with the development;
  • To operate as a planning professional, utilizing knowledge of development management and strategic planning;
  • To carry out a broad range of administrative work to assist service delivery including coordinating the registration of new applications, review and appraise technical reports, plans and planning documents associated with planning submissions for the project;
  • To prepare accurate and timely officer delegated reports and committee reports for planning and other Council committees, and briefing papers to Councillors and members of the public;
  • Attending and advising meetings of Council Committees, Cabinet and other formal and informal groups;
  • Develop and maintain good communication and relationships with the Regeneration Service and other departments within Re, the Council and the developer partners and to provide excellent customer service through the production of high quality work and by acting in a professional manner;
  • Acts as a direct point of contact to the project on information and documentation control matters.
  • Ensure that the document controls activities comply with project governance.
Your experience will include:
  • Minimum 3 years previous experience in a Planning or related technical department in dealing with a range of planning applications and the processes involved as well as dealing with developers and engaging with a range of stakeholders;
  • Some expertise at in at least one of the following areas of planning work and a broad appreciation of the other specialist areas:
    • Policy, development plans, local development documents and spatial planning;
    • Urban Design, architecture, heritage and conservation, Masterplanning;
    • Projects, strategic development, and regeneration, development frameworks, corporate initiatives;
    • Development Management
  • Degree in planning or discipline related to post and/or experience in a related field;
  • Knowledge and understanding of planning legislation and procedures and issues relevant to the post and ability to make quality planning decisions;
  • Proven ability to read plans and maps to a good standard and interpret information spatially;
  • Ability to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines, performance targets and produce regular consistent output of work to high standards;
  • Good verbal and written communication and presentation skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports, briefings and correspondence;
  • Good negotiation skills and ability to achieve effective outcomes;
  • Able to integrate and work successfully as part of a team and positively contribute to its development and performance;
  • Ability to act on own initiative, to plan and prioritise and manage own work to meet deadlines and deliver outcomes within set timescales;
  • Good IT skills including successful experience in the application of planning related and geographical information systems (GIS), Microsoft Windows, Word, spreadsheets and databases;
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and experience and demonstration of investigating, analysing, recommending and presenting solutions to planning problems;
What’s in it for you?

At Capita, training and development aren’t optional extras: they’re how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a generous basic salary we also give you23 day’s holiday, company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.

What we hope you will do next

Help us find out more about you by completing our short application process – click apply now.

Capita operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.





From July 2017...


Principal Transport Planner - Brent Cross

Job overview
Vacancy ID: 45790
Work location UK - England - London
Office location: Barnet
Position category: Construction and Engineering
Shift:
Work pattern:
Business unit: Local Government
Employment type: Permanent, Full Time
Education required: Not specified
Vacancy closing date: Jul 28 2017 [please, please, will no-one bite??]

Senior Planner - Brent Cross

Job overview
Vacancy ID: 46156
Work location UK - England - London
Office location: Barnet
Position category: Construction and Engineering
Shift:
Work pattern:
Business unit: Local Government
Employment type: Permanent, Full Time
Education required: Not specified
Vacancy closing date: Jul 31 2017 [abandon hope all thee...]




2017-09-25

[Reposted from Dec 2014] Hammerson's Brent Cross shopping centre under Barnet's corrupt planning consent: Relying on wealthy new customers or out-of-control consumer debt?




Link to The Observer

"According to the OBR’s chilling analysis, 'subdued earnings' caused a shortfall in tax revenue from income tax and national insurance contributions of £8bn this year. That is predicted to rise to £15.2bn by 2018-19. By the end of the next parliament, the country will have experienced 18 years of lost wage growth, while the top 5% will have become ever richer.

As economist Özlem Onaran writes: “The share of income in the national income pie will contract in favour of the owners of capital.” And that brings with it the related problem of spiralling debt. In this country, the ratio of household debt to incomes is predicted to reach a staggering 184% by 2020. In 2010, at 170% it was high. Many of us don’t earn enough, so we continue to borrow – a tightrope for the clumsy-footed, unbalanced as soon as interest rates rise.

In November, the Bank of England appointed Michael Kumhof, formerly of the IMF, as a special adviser. In 2010, he co-authored an authoritative paper, 'Inequality, Leverage and Crisis' that also made reference to the 1930s. The paper argues that two periods – 1920-1929 (followed by the Great Depression of the 30s) and 1983-2008 (followed by the recession) both exhibited a large increase in the income share of the rich, a large increase in leverage (borrowing) for the remainder, and an eventual financial crisis. Kumhof’s favoured more effective solution to avoid this is the “restoration of the lower income group’s bargaining power”.



Link to web site

Sunday Telegraph:
"Ten more years of borrowing if productivity lags"
"The Government will take a decade longer to balance the books if Britain's low productivity recovery continues to drag down the economy, experts have warned.

"George Osborne admitted last week that weak wage growth and a rise in low paid work meant the Government would borrow £91bn this fiscal year – £5bn more than the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast in March. It is still predicted to post a surplus in 2019.

"A key part of the OBR's forecast centres around stronger productivity growth, which is expected to gradually rise to 2pc by the end of its forecast in 2020.

"However, the OBR calculated that if productivity grew at the rate as it has since 2008 – just 0.5pc a year – it would leave 'living standards materially lower', with wages still 7pc down on their pre-crisis peak after [another] five years."


2017-09-24

The Guardian: "Britain's growing debt problem demands a fresh set of eyes"


Enter PIN for web site

"When it was first created in 2010, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) adopted the Treasury view that austerity would have very little impact on potential for economic growth. It predicted a surge in business investment and jobs as if the economy was about to bounce back from a medium-sized recession and not the worst financial crash in a century.

"For several years, its reports repeated the same nonsense that wages would soar and annual inflation return to the Bank of England target of 2%, without any regard for what was obvious from just looking around. In this respect it followed the Treasury, many of the economists in the largest City banks and most importantly, the Bank of England.

"... Unfortunately, a large minority of households, many of them living in the rented sector, are caught in a spiral of unsecured debt that has already sent the total for the UK above £200bn and according to the OBR, send it soaring further, until it reaches a new peak as a ratio of GDP as soon as 2020."

2017-09-23

Hammerson's OTHER shopping centre in London is also in trouble


Woe is me!
Link to 'Inside Croydon'

"Progress on the biggest redevelopment in Croydon for half a century has been stalled since a Compulsory Purchase Order was agreed in 2015. A revised planning application from Westfield and partners Hammerson was supposed to have been submitted to Croydon Council nearly six months ago, with a view to demolition work of the existing Whitgift Centre beginning in early 2018.

"The Croydon Partnership website is still suggesting that the supermall, which was supposed to have been built and operational by 2017, will finally be ready for business in 2021. That’s now looking increasingly unlikely.

"There's mounting concerns over the slow progress, especially among the governors of the Whitgift Foundation, which owns the freehold of the steadily declining Whitgift Centre, and who depend on the commercial income from the shopping mall site to help meet the costs of running their alms houses and private schools. It was the Foundation which invited Westfield to Croydon in 2012, when the Whitgift Centre leasees had already engaged Hammerson to oversee a redevelopment of the site."

Brent & Kilburn Times (x2): Brent Cross ruins Dollis Hill, and Barnet Times (x3): "The West London Orbital Railway" (what goes around comes around)












The Brent Cross Railway: West London Alliance's "West London Orbital Railway" - the full monty 'GRIP1' report, and "What to put in the Mayor's Transport Strategy"








2017-09-22

Evening Standard: "British business and what went horribly wrong"


Link to web site

"The British class structure, reinforced by the educational establishment, channelled the brightest people into the professions and the City rather than engineering and industrial management.

"Once inside the companies, the brightest were unlikely to be those who got their hands dirty.

"Production and operations were in large part run by people who started on the shop floor and received almost no training when promoted to management even though they were in charge of the one area on which the company’s life depended.

"The class divide meant that those who understood the job had no voice in strategy and those who decided strategy had no understanding of the job.

Then, into this unholy mix, was injected an unwarranted respect for accountants."

2017-09-14

The 'Brent Cross Railway' morphs into the 'West London Orbital Railway'!


The 'turn south at Cricklewood' option


The 'turn north at Cricklewood' option







(Old Oak Common HS2 station is roughly
where the 'North London Line' wording is.)