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New London Plan: community conference on Saturday

Michael Edwards of Just Space reports on a community-led and workshop-based conference on Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP).

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   Just Space   Community Conference – Saturday 15 March

We are organising our own conference  on the Further Alterations to the London Plan.  This is an all-day conference with community speakers and topic based workshops.   Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Date:    Saturday 15 March

 Time:   10.00am for registration, 10.30am start and runs till 4.30pm

 Venue: Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP – a small street between Euston and Euston Square stations.

 Details:  This community-led and workshop-based conference is an important opportunity for community groups to hear about Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP) and give their input in eight key areas. The reports from the conference will form the basis of Just Space’s response to the London Plan and are designed to help groups which want to make their own responses. Groups which respond will have a chance of appearing at the…

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