Here you’ll find the latest Future of London publications designed to give our members brief and accessible overviews of the big policy debates dominating the London landscape.

Our latest publication

Working Beyond Boundaries briefing paper - coverWorking Beyond Boundaries
Lead: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
October 2014

Future of London’s first ‘London 2050’ briefing paper focuses on what must be done to smooth the capital’s inevitable expansion beyond Greater London Authority boundaries. It explores growth and strategic planning across London and the South East, with a view to sharing best practice and supporting collaborative efforts across the region.

This paper includes contributions from Joan Hancox (Hertfordshire LEP), Sue Janota (Surrey County Council), Barney Stringer (Quod) and Chris Paddock (Regeneris).




Crossrail as Catalyst

Lead author: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
April 2014

A Future of London report on how London communities can grasp the regeneration potential of Crossrail stations – and of future infrastructure projects. Supported by Crossrail, Arup, GVA and London Communications Agency, this report is focused on delivery. It is shares best practice from areas which have made the most of Crossrail and its predecessors; identifies further opportunities; and sees how stakeholders can work across sectors and boundaries to deliver resilient communities at these revitalised hubs.

Building on in depth case studies and interviews, the report includes recommendations for what there is still time to deliver around Crossrail 1, and strategic recommendations for how to make the most of future infrastructure projects in the Capital.

An executive summary of the report is available here [PDF].

London's Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution
Edited by Jennifer Johnson, with contributions from Lisa Taylor and Alexei Schwab, Future of London
March 2014

This anthology is a resource for practitioners delivering transport on the ground today, and a platform for considering different approaches in strategic planning going forward. In part, it builds on the themes and discussion from Future of London’s Spring 2013 seminar series, ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’.

It includes contributions from Simon Nielsen (TfL), Ben Plowden (TfL), Lucy Saunders (GLA/TfL), German Dector-Vega (Sustrans London), Edward Rhys-Thomas (TfL), Tim Long (LB Camden), and Jennifer Johnson.


Doing More With Less: How London boroughs are using new powers to navigate budget straits and deliver local services
Jo Wilson with Lisa Taylor, Future of London
August 2013

This report puts service delivery reform into context, and outlines some of the measures being implemented across the Capital to manage greater demand with fewer resources.

The Affordable Rent Model in London: Delivery, Viability, Potential
Andrew Heywood
June 2013
This report examines the use and viability of the Affordable Rent Model as a means of building new affordable housing in London. Drawing on empirical data, interviews and case studies, it investigates delivery to date, and considers emerging approaches to a programme which faces considerable challenges in London’s current housing and benefit context. The report culminates in a set of recommendations designed to inform future affordable housing programmes in the Capital.

An executive summary of this report is available here.

Changes to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for Delivery
Ben Harrison, Jo Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
March 2013
This report for Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines distinct features of the London housing market, reviews the Coalition Government’s housing reforms, and explores the implications to London practitioner and policy-makers.

The Future of London's Private Rented Sector
Jo Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
January 2013
This paper outlines the growing importance of the private rented sector, including government responses, the case for and against regulation, and the potential role for institutional investment. It is the output from our Future of the Private Rented Sector series in November and December 2012.


Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen?
Future of London
August 2012
This collection of essays looks at Decentralised Energy networks and what London can learn from the ‘Danish Model’. It is the first output from the London 2062 seminar series we held in partnership with UCL.

London for Sale? An assessment of the private housing market in London and the impact of growing overseas investment
Andrew Heywood, Future of London
July 2012
New research by the Future of London and The Smith Institute warns that unprecedented growth in overseas investment in London’s property market creates the risk of another housing bubble, and is pricing out local people.

The Green Deal in London: Planning Q+A
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
June 2012
This Future of London briefing paper, written in conjunction with legal firm Pinsent Masons, looks at the implications of implementing the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation in relation to planning policy at a local level.

Delivering Energy Efficiency in London
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
May 2012
This report examines the practical implementation of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and emphasises the critical role that London Boroughs will play in making the most of these new mechanisms.

Localism in London: The implications for planning and regeneration in the Capital
Anna Turley and Jo Wilson, Future of London
March 2012
This report sets out the implications of the localism agenda for planning and regeneration practitioners. It features the results of a London-wide survey on the impact new financing and delivery tools will have for London Boroughs.

The Green Deal in London: Borough Challenges
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
February 2012
This paper provides more detail on the specific challenges facing London Boroughs in delivering Green Deal and ECO, with a particular focus on financing and the driving of demand locally for the two schemes.

The Green Deal in London: Policy Overview
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
January 2012
This paper outlines the policy framework underpinning Green Deal and ECO, explains how the two might interact in practice, and sets out the range of different roles that London Boroughs might play in the successful delivery of these programmes.

2011 and earlier

Capital Gains: What does the Local Government Resource Review mean for London?
Kieran Larkin and Zach Wilcox, Centre for Cities and Future of London
October 2011
This new analysis examines the implications of the Local Government Resource Review for London, which aims to provide new local incentives to promote growth. The paper sets out the key decisions that policymakers must take in the months ahead.

The Localism Bill in London
Jo Wilson, Future of London
September 2011
This new policy briefing provides detail on the reforms contained in the Localism Bill, including new powers and revenue streams, and measures designed to encourage active neighbourhood involvement in development.

Deal or No Deal? Exploring the Implications of the Green Deal for London
Ben Harrison, Future of London
June 2011
Future of London’s Ben Harrison presents an overview of the Government’s Green Deal proposals, and explores the potential challenges for implementing the framework in London.

The Knowledge Economy: Reviewing the make up of the knowledge economy in London
Paula Lucci and Ben Harrison, Future of London
May 2011
Paula Lucci and Ben Harrison provide a snapshot of the make-up of the knowledge economy in London, focussing on the number of knowledge economy jobs across the capital, and the key questions for the public sector in supporting the sector going forward.

Housing delivery and estate renewal under the Affordable Rent Model
Paul McGuinness, GVA
March 2011
GVA’s Paul McGuinness presents an analysis of the potential implications of the new Affordable Rent Model in London, with a particular focus on what it might mean for development viability, and the affordability of new housing, across the capital.

The New Homes Bonus in London
Ben Harrison, Future of London
February 2011
Future of London’s Ben Harrison considers how the Coalition Government’s New Homes Bonus might work in practice, and what the implications could be for London Boroughs.

The Community Infrastructure Levy in London
Ben Harrison, Future of London
January 2011
Future of London’s Ben Harrison considers the implications of the Mayor’s recently published plans to introduce a London-wide Community Infrastructure Levy to fund £300 million towards the implementation of Crossrail.

Partnership Building
Anita Rivera, SNR Denton
November 2010
Anita Rivera considers the implications for London of proposed housing reforms and recommends a range of practical steps that London practitioners should consider in order to facilitate the successful delivery of housing in the new policy landscape.

Capital Momentum
Tom Symons, New Local Government Network
October 2010
Tom Symons considers whether new funding sources, such as pension funds or municipal bonds, help us sustain capital investment in infrastructure and regeneration during a time of national fiscal consolidation.

A New Sort of Planning
Stephen Ashworth, SNR Denton
October 2010
Stephen Ashworth considers the implications of proposed reforms and recommends that the proposed “radical reboot” of planning offers opportunity to reinvent the planning system, redefine communities, and re-energise and rebalance local government.

Rhetoric to Reality: Affordable housing prospects
Andrew Heywood, The Smith Institute
September 2010
In the aftermath of the recent recession and with public sector spending cuts to come, Andrew Heywood considers local governments ability to deliver the range of affordable tenures and types required to meet market need and demand.

Impact of Spending Cuts on Regeneration in London
Chris Webber and Kieran Larkin, Centre for Cities
August 2010
Chris Webber and Kieran Larkin from the Centre for Cities analyse what the outlook for economic growth and regeneration is for the capital over the next five years, in the context of the Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget.

New Delivery Models
Jon Lloyd-Owen, Navigant Consulting
July 2010
What new approaches to delivery can meet the challenges of the current climate? This paper provides a summary of discussions held at FoL’s recent breakfast seminar, including the merits of asset-backed vehicles and council-led development.

Accelerated Development Zones
Ben Harrison, Future of London
June 2010
The Budget 2010 contained proposals for a new financing mechanism to be piloted across England – Accelerated Development Zones. Ben Harrison outlines the key features of the ADZ concept before asking what role ADZs could play in the financing of urban regeneration in London in the years ahead.