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

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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 and the GLA. Science and technology are a … [Read more...]

PRS Licensing in London – shifting sands

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Snapshot of PRS licensing schemes in London, March 2015 Hot on the heels of legislation that may significantly affect PRS licensing in London, Future of London's new briefing,  is meant to help boroughs make sense of the shifting landscape of private-rented property licensing. The paper includes a summary of policy changes, as well as a … [Read more...]

Seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents

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With the General Election fast approaching, Future of London takes a closer look at rent stabilisation in our upcoming seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents: a viable option for tackling the affordability gap? This forms part of a three-year research programme on the private rented sector (PRS) funded by the Oak Foundation and Trust … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Wembley

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Our Communities in Transition field trip series kicks off again on 15th April with a visit to Wembley, the home of the national football stadium and a major growth area for Brent council. In keeping with our 2015 theme of anchor regeneration, the visit will explore the impact of the stadium on the regeneration of the wider area. Wembley is a key … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Social Value in Croydon

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The Social Value Act, introduced in 2013, allows councils to take social value delivered through a contract into account when procuring services. The legislation was intended to help local authorities commission services based on the best overall value to the community, rather than just awarding contracts based on lowest cost. The Department for … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Thamesmead site visit

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On 5th March, Future of London visited Thamesmead and Abbey Wood with member organisation Peabody, to hear about estate renewal, Crossrail and Housing Zones in this large riverside area. Perhaps best known for featuring as the dystopic setting for A Clockwork Orange, Thamesmead is currently home to around 40,000 people. In fact, the area … [Read more...]