Together with our members and partners, Future of London will deliver an exciting programme in 2014. Look out for events and policy outputs focusing on the following themes:
London’s housing challenge
Housing policy is currently undergoing radical change, with significant implications for London and its distinctive housing market. Demand for housing continues to outstrip supply, and the 2011 census figures for London’s population growth indicate that thais is likely to worsen over the coming decades. As we look beyond the current CSR, and considering that the continuing economic downturn will prevent the return of significant levels of public subsidy into housing supply, Future of London will be convening experts from across the sector to consider key housing issues, including: the long-term viability of the Affordable Rent Model in London and other emerging models for affordable housing provision; the positive and negative impacts of international investment in London’s property market and how these could be balanced, and moving towards a robust private rented sector in London.
For our latest work on housing in London, click here.
Transport planning for a prosperous London
London is dependent on an efficient transport network, but many routes and methods are close to capacity at peak times. The Capital has been successful in securing major transport projects, such as Crossrail and the Northern Line Extension, which will increase capacity and ease congestion, whilst specific improvements to stations and their public realm should leverage wider investment. It is important that these benefits are maximised, particularly outside of central London. At the same time, it is necessary to think about transport planning holistically, with due consideration of the city’s changing demographics and geographies, and to enable people to make choices that are healthy both for the city and the individual. Future of London will be looking into all of these issues over the year.
London’s changing regeneration landscape
The regeneration landscape in London is in flux. Whilst major projects are still in evidence across the Capital, transformation is also occurring in smaller steps, and sometimes outside of traditional development models. Future of London will be focusing on a number of these issues throughout the year, including the delivery of large-scale projects in an altered landscape, and, as out of town and online modes of retail continue to flourish, how London boroughs can regenerate their high streets through innovative town centre management strategies, and by working with their business and voluntary communities.
Energy efficiency for London
Improving the energy efficiency of the built environment is a major challenge for London. Rising energy costs mean an inevitable rise in fuel poverty, affecting vulnerable households across London. It is hoped that the launch of the Green Deal will tackle both London’s carbon reduction challenge by inciting people into making their homes more energy efficient, while the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) helps to make improvements to the most in need households. In 2012, Future of London published Delivering Energy Efficiency in London, which gave practice advice to London boroughs around different levels of engagement with the programmes. Now that the programmes have been launched, and policies firmed up following DECC’s consultation, we are running a series of seminars around these changes, and how boroughs can make the best use of the programmes.
In addition, we will shortly be launching the next round of our Future London Leaders Programme (formally Rising Stars) designed to identify and nurture the career development of our most promising staff. Round 7 – to be launched in January 2014 – will bring together a selected group of individuals with potential for progression, and offer them unique training, development and mentoring opportunities.
To view Future of London’s full Prospectus for 2013, please click here.
If you are interested in getting involved in Future of London activities, please contact our director, Lisa Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org