Future London Leaders 27: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 27 candidates presented their Proposals for London on 10 June, marking their graduation from the programme. Candidates gave PechaKucha-style presentations on the theme of London’s green recovery, pitching a range of ideas including green design codes, rewilding parking spaces and front gardens and reimagining brownfield sites as an eco-industrial network of land.

The proposals were presented across two webinars, with virtual audiences of colleagues, mentors, sponsors, alumni, course contributors and friends of Future of London. The audiences engaged candidates in lively Q&A sessions and cast their votes in the categories of ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’ – winners announced below!

It was a pleasure to see this cohort grow through their leadership journey and they were brilliant at implementing their learning every step of the way. Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver top-notch leadership modules and to the cohort for their thoughts and feedback, which will enable us to continue to improve the programme.

The Future of London team look forward to meeting and celebrating with the cohort in person as soon as it is safe to do so. Head over to the #Alumni500 celebration page for details of the event in October. Congratulations once again to Future London Leaders 27 on becoming our newest alumni!

See all candidates' proposals in 100-word summaries.

The results of the audience votes in three categories are as follows:

Group 1 – Morning session

Favourite Idea

Stefanos Koryzis, Research Manager, London Communications Agency
Parks as the new parish? A new(ish) model for managing London’s green space

Accessible green space is widely recognised as an environmental, social, health and even economic asset. But funding for London’s parks – especially those run by the boroughs – is scarce and growing scarcer. Building on ideas being debated and trialled across England, but also drawing inspiration from the city’s old parish/vestry system, I propose a new model for running London’s green spaces. Each park incorporated as a Trust; governed by local stakeholders; endowed with revenue-raising assets; and bolstered by a hypothecated parks precept attached to nearby properties’ council tax bills. If nature is a temple, let’s manage it as such.

Most Feasible

Charlotte Claughton, Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates
Grass Roots Revolution

Connection to nature is well documented to improve wellbeing, however the Office of National Statistics found one in five households (21%) in London had no access to a private or shared garden during lockdown. Using a social prescription model, my proposal seeks to link young people with opportunities within their immediate local areas to access the natural environment and outdoor learning. Through social action and volunteering in their community, young people and their families will improve their health and wellbeing. It will cultivate a sense of care for the natural environment, local ownership and gateway to London’s Greenspace Workforce.

Best Pitch

Sarah Buxton, Deputy Planning Manager, LB Sutton
Doorstep offices: helping to reduce carbon emissions

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us all in a number of ways, there have been some positive lessons learned. Perhaps like me, the daily commute is now a distant memory and something most of us do not miss. During the pandemic carbon emissions have decreased significantly. My proposal will examine the ways in which we can work together to keep these reductions down by making office spaces available on our doorsteps. By reducing commuting and instantly being able to find office spaces for hourly, daily or weekly use within close proximity to our homes, we can look at keeping carbon emissions down.

Group 2 – Afternoon session

Favourite Idea

Amy Sweeting, Senior Urban Planner, Tibbalds
BiodiverCity

As dependence on the private car begins to falter, what will be left in its space? On-street parking within London occupies the equivalent of ten Hyde Parks. Consider this alongside multi-storey car parks and swathes of surface parking and we are faced with an enormous expanse of land that could form the golden path to London’s green recovery. My proposal imagines the huge benefits this land could harness for the natural, diverse, and wild environment when not occupied by 3.9 million tonnes of steel (and that’s residents’ cars alone!). Let’s revisit our approach to all things parking; from bays to bats and Hyundai’s to hedgehogs.

Most Feasible

Andrew Scott, Area Regeneration Manager, LB Hackney
Community Workspace Toolkit

Across London, residential communities feel shut out of their community spaces. This is usually due to funding cuts, undermanagement of buildings and local bureaucracy, but also because the traditional idea of a community hall doesn’t engage people. These assets can become greener and more sustainable through maximising use, creating an environment for innovative community activity as well as helping local authorities manage their community property portfolios. By embracing a change of approach to community space and implementing the model of a flexible neighbourhood workspace, local authorities can meet more of the needs of their residents in an up-to-date and sustainable way.

Best Pitch

James Collister, Industrial Sector Development Manager, LB Enfield
From brown to green: An eco-industrial network for London

What does the future hold for London’s industrial land? As the renewal of town centres has become the focus of attention, industrial land has been neglected, suffering from negative perceptions of being old fashioned, unsustainable, inefficient, and isolated from local communities. And today, industrial land is disappearing at an alarming rate. To counter these patterns, I propose a London-wide eco-industrial network, of eco-industrial hubs, facilitated by a dynamic Eco-Industrial Taskforce. Just imagine a world of innovative circular economies in green and carbon-positive places, that are embedded in local communities. This is the future of London’s industrial land.

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Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 27 candidates!

  • Sarah Buxton, Deputy Planning Manager, LB Sutton
  • Nick Clarke, Associate Development Director, Countryside
  • Charlotte Claughton, Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates
  • James Collister, Industrial Sector Development Manager, LB Enfield
  • Bianca Goulden, Head of Estate Regeneration, L&Q
  • Abul Hussain, Affordable Housing Relationship Manager, City of Westminster
  • Santokh Kaulder, Regeneration Manager, LB Newham
  • Stefanos Koryzis, Research Manager, London Communications Agency
  • Holly Nicol, Senior Strategic Planner, Hyde Housing
  • Daniel Piercy, Senior Planning Officer, LB Richmond & Wandsworth
  • Andrew Scott, Area Regeneration Manager, LB Hackney
  • Anthonia Shodiya, Resident Services Officer, RB Kingston
  • Carla Smyth, Design Principal, LLDC
  • Amy Sweeting, Senior Urban Planner, Tibbalds
  • Giacomo Vecia, Strategic Transportation Officer, City of London

Thank you to all of the FLL27 mentors for their time, energy and insight to the programme:

  • Phillipa Bancroft, Senior Development Manager, GLA
  • Paul Beckett, Policy & Performance Director, City of London
  • Colin Boxall, Project Director, Notting Hill Genesis
  • Jonathan Goldstraw, Senior Project Director, Hyde Housing
  • Dan Hill, Director, Real Urbanism Ltd.
  • Rob Krzyszowski, Assistant Director – Planning, Building Standards & Sustainability, LB Haringey
  • John Lumley, Strategic Director – Assets and Regeneration, L&Q
  • Jonathan Martin, Director of Inward Investment, LB Waltham Forest
  • Abbas Naqvi, Senior Project Leader, Strategic Estates
  • Dominique Oliver, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Neil Parlett, Director – Planning, Development & Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Clare Reddy, Partner, Lewis Silkin
  • Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds
  • Allison Sofekun, Director, BCL
  • Karen Swift, Director of Housing and Regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets
  • Joe Williams, Head of Housing Operations, Poplar HARCA

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell and Lewis Silkin. Find out more about the course here.

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