I'm backing Westminster Amenity Societies Forum in opposing any Government moves to relax the rules to allow more short-term lets. Here's my letter to the Minister.
Minister for Housing,
I have been contacted by the association of the 18 amenity societies in Westminster to ask me to express their concern to you of the growing problem posed by short-term lets in the borough. As you may be aware, Westminster has the largest proportion of its housing stock in the private rented sector of any local authority in the country,… » Read more
Time to curb the monster basements
Bayswater and Lancaster Gate have long been 'sought-after' neighbourhoods- attractive, safe and convenient. Long may that continue. But the desirability of addresses within these localities has some downsides. Central London property has become what is sometimes described as a 'global reserve currency', meaning it is a safe way to invest some of the world's wealth. One of the consequences of this trend has been overseas investment in property which is then subject to re-development, sometimes to the point of total reconstruction. Sometimes, these properties are not even occupied. Other times, they are added to… » Read more
Planning for a stronger community
The onward march of ‘monster basements'- is an end in sight?
Thanks to the excellent campaigning work of the St John's Society on this important ‘quality of life issue', I introduced my '10-minute rule' Parliamentary Bill on permitted development rules and basement excavations before Christmas. I was delighted with the amount of media coverage it received- coverage which is, I think, very helpful to the cause of those of us who want to see proper powers restored to local authorities to resist excavations which are excessive in scale. Whilst it is entirely possible for householders… » Read more
It was an honour last week to hold a debate in Westminster Hall on the NHS in London. It was a well-attended debate, with some excellent and thoughtful contributions from my colleagues. I have been concerned about funding cuts to Central London CCG and West London CCG for some time and you can see my letter to the Secretary of State for Health here.
Please find a link below to the debate.
Karen is very grateful to the staff and students at St Peter's School for submitting designs for my Christmas Card competition. Here is the winning entry!
Karen and her staff would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2014.» Read more
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