Communities in Transition: Croydon

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Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Croydon on 16th June, to look at the impact of large-scale retail development on local regeneration plans. Croydon’s town centre is a strategic priority for the council. The Local Plan envisions the town centre supporting significant growth, with up to 7,300 additional … [Read more...]

The Role of Rent Stabilisation in Improving London’s PRS

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With the General Election results likely to quell debate on national rent regulation for the time being, London’s attention shifts towards next year’s mayoral elections. A number of contenders have stated that helping London’s private renters would be part of their campaign, but it remains to be seen whether the final candidates – and eventually … [Read more...]

Alumni event: Who are we building for?

Guest post by Anna Bolsin and Karen Montgomerie, Alumni reps to the Future of London Steering Group There was a full house for the first Future London Leaders Alumni event of 2015, hosted by Lovell and Overbury on 19th March 2015. Three unique speakers presented their experience of the housing crisis, with the proviso that they don’t just talk … [Read more...]

Stadium anchors development as Wembley diversifies

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On 15th April, we held our first field trip exploring the relationship between anchor institutions and regeneration in Wembley (LB Brent). The original Wembley stadium was built for the British Exhibition of 1924 and was replaced in 2007 with a new 90,000-capacity stadium on the same site. The stadium is surrounded by the 85-acre Wembley Park … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders X – Milestone 10th Round

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On April 22nd, Future London Leaders reached a new milestone, welcoming its tenth (!) cohort of promising candidates from across the London public sector. The straight-to-business induction included a welcome from Lovell’s Visakha Sri Chandrasekera and Re’s Tony Westbrook, both supporters and experienced mentors. A course overview from FoL … [Read more...]

Tools for accelerating housing delivery: FoL to look at London’s Housing Zones

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In November 2013, London mayor Boris Johnson announced his intention to establish Housing Zones as part of a package of measures to increase housing delivery in the Capital. The 2013 draft London Housing Strategy highlighted the gap between supply and demand, and proposed new policy tools and funding to meet the shortfall. Bidding for Housing … [Read more...]

The Truth about Networking

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If you’ve seen a recent spike in contact requests, offers of help, invitations or ideas thrown your way, Future of London may be partly to blame. Following our capacity-crowd 14th April event, The Truth about Networking, there’s been a flurry of activity across and beyond our network. Just over 100 people attended the evening, kindly hosted by … [Read more...]

Devolution and Localism in London – What next?

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Barely a week from the General Election, and as we digest the flurry of policy announcements from all sides, it’s worth reflecting on the localism agenda, one of the big reforms in the first half of the current coalition’s term. In 2012, Future of London published Localism in London, based on a survey of local authority officers and other … [Read more...]

Capturing Value – Briefing

Source: https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/business-economy/vision-and-strategy/infrastructure-plan-2050

Everything in the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 comes back to investment. Upgrading and building the systems required to accommodate London’s growth to 2050 could cost up to £1.3tn. This means almost twice the current expenditure by 2025, a gap which cannot be covered by the public sector. New mechanisms are needed – and the property market … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Whitechapel

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Our second Communities in Transition field trip of 2015 will be to Whitechapel on 28th May, to see how the healthcare and life sciences sector is driving development in the area. This expanded event will include presentations from project stakeholders, including LB Tower Hamlets, Queen Mary University of London and the GLA. Science and … [Read more...]