Housing Zones Network: GLA zones update

Housing Zones Network: GLA Update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA and Potter Raper Partnership, supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through practical knowledge and best practice.

On 28th March, HZN members attended an update at City Hall for the latest on the Housing Zone programme, a summary of the Housing White paper, the current issues for the construction industry and support and innovation in off-site manufacturing.

Fred Keegan, Senior Housing Zone Manager at the GLA provided an update on the uptake of Housing Zones loans and grants (still available, first come first served!) and Ellen Storrar, Senior Policy Officer at the GLA presented the key issues for London in the Housing White paper.

Details of the funding available for precision manufacturing (also referred to off-site manufacturing and modular build) was provided by Maja Luna Jorgensen, Area Manager at the GLA. Jim Martin, Executive Chairman and Roger Arnold, Managing Director at Martin Arnold Associates set out critical issues for the construction industry with a focus on Brexit and what is driving cost. Delegates were then presented with examples of off-site manufacturing developments. Simon Tanner from YMCA talked about the Y:Cube. Jeff Endean, Housing Strategy Manager and Osama Shoush, Housing Delivery Manager from LB Lewisham shared their experiences of developing a mixed use scheme in Ladywell.

Although the network was designed to support housing zones, topics extend across planning, development, consultation and related areas, and ‘non-zone’ practitioners are also welcome to attend. The network offers regular seminars and workshops, plus quarterly GLA updates, along with an online bank of presenter information and workshop top tips. Events and materials are now free to Future of London members; other public-sector organisations can sign on for £2,500+VAT per year.

All disciplines – including corporate areas such as legal, finance and strategy – are welcome, and organisations can send up to 3 different people per event if space allows.

Future of London members can access Housing Zones Network materials online.

For more information on how to participate, contact hzn@futureoflondon.org.uk.