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Saturday, April 22, 2006
In brief: Stratford completion, housebuilding, the Thames Gateway eco-city
Stratford's international Eurostar terminal is completed in time to show off to a bunch of visiting Olympics bods.

London's housebuilding planning permissions lags way behind tagets, according to Planning Resource (subs only). A study published last week by London Development Research reveals that the number of private sector housing starts in the capital fell from 13,400 in 2000 to 12,700 in 2005. The London Plan - a spatial development strategy published in 2004 - set out plans for at least 23,000 new homes a year in the capital. A consultation on increasing the target by 30 per cent, to 31,090 units per annum, ended earlier this year.

I already reported that Arup are working with the LDA to plan an eco-development in the Thames Gateway. Now they are also working with Bill Dunster, and Arup director Peter Head told Building that he thinks a site will be pinned down in the next couple of weeks. But it will only be around 1000 units - hardly the equivalent of the new city in China that Arup are also working on, and that was the trigger for the LDA's interest.

And finally, and trivially: Peterborough is going to have a retirement village, apparently.


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