Smarter Cities: Housing workshop

  Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter … [Read more...]

An Equitable Private Rented Sector for London

London’s Build to Rent market is gathering steam. According to analysts Molior, 11,000 new PRS homes have been developed since 2009, 10,000 are under construction and another 22,000 are permitted to start. These new homes are a much-needed contribution to London’s housing. But with two million Londoners in the PRS, very few live in new … [Read more...]

Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector – Report launch

In the last 10 years, the private rented sector (PRS) has rarely been out of the public eye. Once a small proportion of the housing market catering for a specific need, the number of households in the PRS in England more than doubled in the past 20 years. London’s PRS doubled in just over a decade and continues to rise; 40% of London’s households … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models – Press release

With no major help coming in the Autumn Budget, the London housing industry – public, private and third sector – is getting on with business, with nearly 180,000 homes in the pipeline through local government models alone. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called this “the most anti-London Budget for a generation”, with lack of support for affordable … [Read more...]

Private Landlord Licensing – A growing trend

More boroughs than ever are using landlord licensing powers to improve their private rented sector (PRS). Introduced in 2006 to tackle anti-social behaviour, licensing schemes are mechanisms for identifying hazardous properties and improving management standards. Their revenue-generating powers enable councils to take swift enforcement action … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Direction

A cross-sector approach – including communities – is the only way to make the most of the housing delivery models now available Housing demand is huge, the mechanisms to build it exist, and there is investment in search of projects. So how do we get delivery moving? Land value and slow land release are underlying challenges, but two years of … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: London stocktake begins

The numbers are coming in: Just 22 of the dozens of housing delivery models emerging across London are set to deliver some 55,000 homes, averaging 53% affordable. The figures are from GVA's preliminary findings for a joint GVA/Future of London programme on Housing Delivery Models, supported by Lewis Silkin. For more on the overall programme, see … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Engaging private tenant communities

  Engaging private tenant communities – a new remit for the public sector? With local authorities having more powers than ever to improve their private rented sectors, it is in their interests to improve dialogue with private tenants. But it isn’t always easy – they are a disparate group, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The … [Read more...]