Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Islington is one of the smallest and most densely developed and populated authorities in the country. The borough has accommodated high levels of new development and population and employment growth in recent years. In order to ensure that Islington continues to be a place where people want to live, do business and visit, it is important that new development is accompanied by measures to increase the capacity of community infrastructure. This will ensure that the future growth of the borough can be accommodated sustainably.
This study by the GVA considers the potential impact on London’s property sector of the Crossrail project. It describes the scale of the project, one of the most significant infrastructure programmes ever undertaken in the UK, and suggests it will help regenerate key locations, while contributing to London’s economic growth. It considers the significant driving forces shaping the property market within which Crossrail will operate, including: current market conditions and development trends; enhancements that Crossrail will make to accessibility, quality and speed of journeys along its route; which locations will see the greatest change to existing service; current and changing perceptions of each station location; and developer and investor perceptions and views. It examines the effects of Crossrail to date on London’s property market and considers the likely effects as construction proceeds and the line opens in 2018. It looks at the opportunities for new development as a result of Crossrail. Considers central, west and east sections of the Crossrail route and examines the characteristics and current planning policy basis that would enable and support new development, intensification or changes of use. Identifies places in each section of the route where development potential is most likely to be realised.
Site Allocations set out site-specific policy for the main sites in Islington where change or development is expected. These policies set out how we can make the best use of these sites to serve Islington’s growing population and work force. Site Allocations also provide further guidance for developers - such as how any new development should fit within the character and environment of the local area. The final Submission document was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 16 August 2012. It will now be assessed by an Independent Planning Inspector at a formal examination hearing. At the hearing the Inspector will take account of representations received during the DPD consultation exercises, before making a judgement on whether the document is ‘sound’ and legally compliant, and can therefore be formally adopted.
The council has developed an extensive evidence base to inform the preparation of planning policy documents over the past few years. Key pieces of technical evidence can now be downloaded from one page of the new Council website here.
The London Plan is the overall strategic plan for London, and it sets out a fully integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of the capital to 2031. It forms part of the development plan for Greater London. London boroughs’ local plans need to be in general conformity with the London Plan, and its policies guide decisions on planning applications by councils and the Mayor.
Ward Partnerships mean Islington’s elected local councillors and their local community will play a greater role in influencing decisions and services in their areas.
Each of the borough’s 16 wards has its own local partnership although Bunhill and Clerkenwell in the south (Finsbury) are covered by a single partnership.
The partnerships are a way for people and organisations in a ward to get involved, meet their councillors, share their knowledge and to help tackle local issues.
Ward Partnerships have replaced Islington’s area committees and must be consulted by council departments on a range of issues that affect local residents including: planning and community benefit from developments; traffic and parking; road maintenance; utility works; crime and anti-social behaviour; environmental improvements; tree felling; litter, dog fouling and neighbourhood clean-ups.
Each partnership has agreed its own local ward improvement plan which sets out the priorities for using Section 106 planning and other funding in the area.
The council has allocated £2 million to develop Archway in the next two to three years. The first stage is to develop proposals for Archway Close and Flowers Mews: the island in the centre of the Archway gyratory. Results of the public consultation on these proposals can be viewed here.
The Core Strategy is a key document within the Local Development Framework. It is the council's plan for the future. The Core Strategy will influence future planning decisions and will shape the development of the borough to 2025 and beyond. It sets out the vision for what the Council wants to achieve in the future, where and how change will happen, as well as Islington's approach to important issues including how it will seek to improve the built environment, provide more affordable housing and employment spaces, respond to climate change, and provide facilities for its communities.
After a number of stages of preparation and consultation, and following Examination by an Independent Planning Inspector, Islington’s Core Strategy was adopted at a meeting of the Council on 17 February 2011.
Emergency Planning is the general term for the work that the Government, Emergency Services, Local Authorities, the Health Services and other organisations carry out in preparing plans and procedures for responding to, dealing with and recovering from any incident/emergency.
In the event of any incident requiring the assistance of Islington Council, the Emergency Services will contact the Council by way of an agreed procedure.
The role of the council is then to:
support the emergency services
support people affected by the incident
provide mutual aid to other responders
maintain normal Council services
plan for medium and long term consequences and recovery from the incident
The type of assistance that can be offered is the provision of:
examination of building structures
highway closures and diversion routes
Once the immediate life-threatening period has passed, the council will play a major role in restoring normality to the area as quickly as possible.
Under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), the Council has the duty to provide and maintain robust and resilient contingency plans. The purpose of the contingency plans (crisis response plans) is to provide staff with plans, procedures and information they will require to enable them to mitigate the effects of any major emergency occurring within Islington, whilst allowing council services to continue to provide their usual day to day services as far as possible.
The Crisis Response plan, details how the council will respond to an emergency and details roles and responsibilities for each department to ensure a coordinated response. The plan is designated to enable mobilisation of resources, at short notice, in response to any incident in addition to ensuring that core critical services are maintained in the event of major disruption.
A major incident is defined as: A major incident is any emergency that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or all of the emergency services and will generally include the involvement, either directly or indirectly of large numbers of people.
We had an enquiry recently at the Library about Area Planning Committees in Islington. These were abolished in May 2010 and have been succeeded by a Central Planning Committee and two sub committees - A and B. Details can be found here and minutes of past meetings can be found here. Also minutes and agendas are held for six months at the Reference Library.