Spotlight: Crossrail impact tops predictions; more to come

Borough input emphasises planning, placemaking, leadership Crossrail’s potential is just coming to the fore, according to a GVA report produced with input from Future of London. The Elizabeth line, a.k.a. Crossrail, will bring new rail service to stations in 12 London boroughs, linking Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east to Heathrow in the … [Read more...]

Fresh approaches to older people’s housing: Insights from overseas

Our latest guest Spotlight is from Matt Lally, Associate Director at Arup. A specialist in urban planning and placemaking, Matt recently returned from an assignment in Sydney where Arup colleagues have been developing an Index for Age Friendly Cities. Following a great presentation at our roundtable on the middle market in older people’s housing, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

  Our latest Spotlight is a guest post is from Alexandra Alexander, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Clarion Housing Group. Following a great session on unconscious bias at a recent Notting Hill Housing BAME event, Alexandra has summarised the content into a blog post that we are excited to share. Unconscious bias is something that … [Read more...]

Spotlight: older women’s housing

In our Spotlight series, we cover innovations in regeneration, community engagement, ways of working and more that are being delivered by Future of London’s network. This Spotlight is focused on housing options for older women in Barnet, including the New Ground scheme and nearby alms houses both for women over 50. Older people make up the … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Is the housing sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Geeta Nanda - CEO at Thames Valley Housing, as first appeared in Inside Housing.  Opening the papers recently, I read about Eileen Burbridge – one of the most high-profile business women investing in tech companies – who was regularly assumed to be one of the office assistants, not the … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Valuing placemaking

This month's Spotlight is a guest blog from Chris Paddock, Director at Regeneris and partner on our 2017 placemaking programme. From Abbey Wood to Yiewsley, London is a dynamic mosaic of some 1,500 distinctive places. Within its jurisdiction, the London Plan identifies more than 1,400 “activity centres” from international districts such as … [Read more...]

Spotlight: How to set a council budget in a financial storm

Future of London occasionally posts Spotlight features from guests, but we haven’t yet published anything by an elected member. This article, written by LB Harrow councillor Adam Swersky in late November 2016, is the first exception, shared with you because he’s written pretty eloquently about local authority staff and councillors having to … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]