One year into the Localism Act, there are numerous examples of devolution to community level in London. This can take many forms, from the work of Neighbourhood Forums, the establishment of the first parish level council in Queen’s Park, and the growing interest in high street renewal through empty shops initiatives and establishment of Business Improvement Districts.
In an era of double dip recession, enormous public sector cuts and stagnating growth, all of these activities have the potential to reduce Boroughs’ burden to deliver the full scope of its services. However questions remain over the capacity of London’s communities to take advantage of many of the enabling powers that were passed to them. In March 2012, when Future of London surveyed Borough planning and regeneration officers about the potential impact of Localism policies related to planning, the community powers were deemed likely to have the least impact on planning and regeneration in the Capital.
On the other hand, some examples of local community influence long precede the Localism Act. But with the agenda more in the public eye than ever before, are more of London’s communities seizing the opportunities presented to them? And what is the real potential for these community groups to shape their local areas?
Future of London will continue to carry out work on these themes, and we will be organising events and publishing papers throughout the year.
Future of London is not currently planning any events under this theme – please check back for updates.
|Doing More With Less: How London boroughs are using new powers to navigate budget straits and deliver local services
Jo Wilson with Lisa Taylor, Future of London
This report puts service delivery reform into context, and outlines some of the measures being implemented across the Capital to manage greater demand with fewer resources.
|Localism in London: The implications for planning and regeneration in the Capital
Anna Turley and Jo Wilson, Future of London,
This report sets out the implications of the localism agenda for planning and regeneration practitioners. It features the results of a London-wide survey on the impact new financing and delivery tools will have for London Boroughs.
|The Localism Bill in London
Joanna Wilson, Future of London,
This new policy briefing provides detail on the reforms contained in the Localism Bill, including new powers and revenue streams, and measures designed to encourage active neighbourhood involvement in development.
News and Project Updates
- New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution March 7, 2014This publication is a resource for practitioners delivering transport on the ground today, and a platform for considering different approaches in strategic planning going forward.
- FLL: King’s Cross – beyond the station February 27, 2014On 25th February, candidates from Round 7 of Future London Leaders visited King’s Cross to see how one of Europe’s largest redevelopment project is progressing.
- Spring seminars: Delivering public health February 20, 2014This three-part series will share knowledge and best practice in delivering programmes and strategies within the new public health remit for local authorities.
- Maximising Crossrail: Is collaboration the catalyst? February 13, 2014The role of collaboration in deilvering around stations is the focus of our Crossrail research seminar on February 25.
- Spotlight: Home is at the heart of Rayners Lane February 12, 2014As the Rayners Lane Estate nears the end of a major 12-year regeneration programme, we spoke to Home Group’s Head of Design, Dhruv Sookhoo, about how residents have benefitted.