COCos: More than a flavour of the month

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London’s housing need is well established. According to the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy, the Capital needs at least 42,000 houses per year in order to satisfy demand, and is at the moment providing only around half that amount. While plans are underway to boost house-building through policy measures such as the Mayor’s recently announced … [Read more...]

Research seminars: Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

Research is well underway on Future of London’s latest project, Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency. Sponsored by EDF Energy, this research programme considers the main challenges to engaging London’s PRS landlords in energy efficiency, and highlights ways that boroughs can improve private rented sector housing in their … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Delivering Infill Development

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

Conference: Surface Tension

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Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

Seminar: Tackling Low Pay in London

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Over the last 10 years, London’s predominant poverty demographic has shifted from workless to working: there are now over 1.1 million people living in low-income households where at least one adult is working. The London Living Wage is gaining acceptance as a way to tackle the problem of low incomes, functioning as both a campaign tool and a … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Colindale

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Our next Communities in Transition field trip will take visitors on a walking tour of Colindale's new developments, including the Grahame Park estate renewal programme and Barnet's new Open Space Strategy. Colindale is located at the western edge of LB Barnet, on the border with LB Brent; an Area Action Plan was drawn up in 2010, setting a … [Read more...]

Opportunity knocks in Nine Elms

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On August 20th, Future of London visited the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area as part of our Communities in Transition series. VNEB, straddling the boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth, is one of the largest Opportunity Areas in the London Plan. As a former industrial district, for many years the area has had limited … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Working Beyond Boundaries

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Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

New project: Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

The private rented sector is the Capital’s fastest-growing housing tenure, now accounting for more than 25% of London’s households. Yet this booming sector is failing many of its tenants, with 35% of properties below Decent Homes standards, and private renters disproportionately affected by fuel poverty, as well as uncontrolled rent rises and … [Read more...]

Getting on the map

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BBC Two’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway has mesmerised viewers with insights into the huge engineering challenge of building Crossrail. The three-part documentary series follows the technical complexities of constructing Crossrail, from the 140m tunnel-boring machines to treating archaeological finds unearthed along the way. The programme … [Read more...]