Housing stock in London’s PRS

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At least half of London’s population lives in flats, and the city also has a significant proportion of the country’s Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) than the rest of the country. Both are essential parts of London’s housing mix, but quality is not assured, and the age, high number of flats and prevalent conservation areas all hamper … [Read more...]

London’s PRS Growth

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This is the first article in the series Making Sense of London’s Private Rented Sector, focusing on the significant growth that has occurred across London. Analysis of the figures at borough scale indicate that this growth is by no means occurring evenly across the Capital. For commentary on available data sources, see introduction. For … [Read more...]

Changing perceptions in Croydon

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On 16 June, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series continued in Croydon town centre, where we heard about integrating large-scale retail development with local regeneration plans. Croydon is London’s largest borough by population, and is expected to grow by another 15-20% in the next 20 years. Designated as an Opportunity … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Barking

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Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Barking on 22nd July. This visit will look at public space and new housing developments around Barking town centre, with a focus on how civic amenities and investment can stimulate quality placemaking. Barking & Dagenham’s 2010 Core Strategy envisions the borough … [Read more...]

Life science sector drives regeneration in Whitechapel

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On 28th May, Future of London visited Whitechapel as part of our Communities in Transition field trip series, to hear about the impact of the life sciences sector in the area and broader plans for regeneration and development. Just outside the eastern fringe of the City of London, Whitechapel is a thriving area in its own right. A … [Read more...]

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...]