Our head office is located in Chislehurst, Kent, we think it’s London – in fact it’s only about 12 miles from Oxford Circus and is of course in the London Boro’ of Bromley, we have London phone numbers but a Bromley postcode. We’re not the only ones to feel the confusion as the Chislehurst Life blog also points out – the comments are worth reading. We feel we’re right in calling ourselves London based Chartered Surveyors!
Transport for London are clearly improving their step free and DDA access for travellers as the Diamond Geezer points out here. I agree with him the tube map is becoming cluttered with blobs but how else can they adequately describe it? We were struck travelling though London over the weekend with the door to the accessible WC a major mainline station and the rather poor colour contrast with the adjoining glazed panels, the panels themselves were also reflective giving potential problems for those with visually impairments – DDA Auditing and design is not just about wheelchairs!
The House Builders Federation report a sharp fall in planning consents for new homes this year with a decrease in planning permissions granted in Q2, to just 25,000. Around 60,000 homes are required per quarter to meet the current housing shortfall.
Planning permissions granted now will, in the main, be built during the next three or four years. At a time when fewer homes are being built in England than at any time since the 1920s, the figures reveal the potential for intensifying the country’s housing crisis.
The social effects of continuing the undersupply of homes are obvious: five million people languish on local authority waiting lists, millions more live in over-crowded and substandard accommodation, whilst first-time buyers have all but disappeared – further stagnating the housing market. Still, apparently Grant Shapps the housing minister wants more people to live on boats….