Vulnerable communities in the private rented sector

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London’s population is growing at its fastest rate in Greater London’s history (i.e. since 1965). The first post in this Making Sense of London’s Private Rented Sector series showed that an increasing amount of this growing demand for housing is being met by the private rented sector, due to an insufficiency of social housing and unaffordability of … [Read more...]

Housing Zones: Tottenham

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As part of our project looking at the progress of London's Housing Zones, we'll be posting profiles of some of the zones to show what's being done to speed up housing deliver in the Capital and showcase some of the diverse approaches being taken in different areas. The first, on Tottenham, is below. To find out more about this project or to get … [Read more...]

London’s PRS: The affordability issue

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Not only is the cost of renting in London the highest in the country, it is also rising the most quickly. This puts all but the most affluent renters under a lot of pressure, and puts those in inner London and/or receiving benefits in an increasingly impossible situation. This is the third article in the series Making Sense of London’s Private … [Read more...]

Civic spaces underpin housing growth in Barking


On 22nd July, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series visited Barking town centre, to hear about the role of civic institutions in supporting regeneration. Starting at the Barking Enterprise Centre, David Harley, Group Manager, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities at LB Barking & Dagenham, outlined the … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Poplar

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  Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Poplar on 24th September, with a focus on Chrisp Street market, the UK’s first pedestrianised shopping centre and a landmark in urban design when it opened in 1951. In line with our 2015 anchor regeneration theme, the visit will explore how local markets can … [Read more...]

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


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


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...]