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The Evolution of London's Business Improvement Districts

Future of London and Rocket Science report commissioned by the GLA and London LEP to assess the impact and potential of London BIDs in a fast-changing municipal environment. The report builds on existing data with front-line experiences, culminating in short- and long-term recommendations for the GLA, London boroughs and BIDs.

Delivering Estate Renewal: A briefing from London's housing leaders

Delivering Estate Renewal in London assesses the rationale for and obstacles to estate renewal, and includes the recommendations above, along with specific calls to action for central government, the Greater London Authority and new mayor, and the housing sector itself, from councils to builders.

This briefing was supported by Bilfinger GVA, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Lewis Silkin.


Creating Resilient Town Centres

This summary of Future of London’s 23rd June conference, Creating Resilient Town Centres, looks at strategies and best practice for reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres across London – old and new, large and small.

PRS Licensing - Policy and Practice

Hot on the heels of legislation that may significantly affect PRS licensing in London, Future of London’s new briefing helps boroughs make sense of the shifting landscape of private-rented property licensing. The paper includes a summary of policy changes, as well as a step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a scheme

Capturing Value

This third ‘London 2050’ briefing paper is about capturing land value uplift to fund infrastructure delivery. With an emphasis on public-sector interventions, it explores currently available tools and other options in use around the world. This paper includes contributions from Neil Keogh (Arup), Adrian Lee (London & Continental Railways), Toby Lloyd (Shelter) and Joanna Rowelle (Arup).

Inward Investment in London: The borough landscape

This briefing , sponsored by ING Media and Arup and with support from Urban Graphics, outlines London’s strengths in attracting jobs and investment. The paper looks at key relocation factors and labour market trends, and provides case studies of what three London boroughs are doing to attract inward investment.

Delivering Infill Development

This second ‘London 2050’ briefing paper is about making infill development work. With an emphasis on public-sector interventions, it focuses on identifying and delivering homes on infill sites that contribute to the success of place, community and the housebuilding industry.
This paper includes contributions from Andrew Beharrell (Pollard Thomas Edwards) and Chris Paddock (Regeneris).

Estate Renewal in the Real World – briefing

This joint briefing from Future of London, New London Architecture and Urban Design London draws attention to a growing cross-sector effort to replicate successful estate renewal strategies, challenge policies and practices that aren’t working, and test promising approaches across the Capital.


Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency

This paper, sponsored by EDF Energy, examines approaches for London boroughs to work with landlords and raise the standards in their private rented sectors. The report identifies challenges that boroughs face in their relationship with the PRS and offers practical responses boroughs can employ to drive up the poorest standards.
An executive summary is also available for download: 
Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency - executive summary

Working Beyond Boundaries

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

A Future of London report on how London communities can grasp the regeneration potential of Crossrail stations – and of future infrastructure projects. 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.
An executive summary of the report is available:
Crossrail as Catalyst - executive summary

London's Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

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’.

This paper 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

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

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:
The Affordable Rent Model in London - executive summary

Changes to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for Delivery

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

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?

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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Capital Gains: What does the Local Government Resource Review mean for London?

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

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

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 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

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

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

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: The key to housing delivery in the new policy landscape

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: Can new funding sources help sustain capital investment in regeneration?

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.

Localism in London: A new sort of planning

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

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.

Regeneration Prospects: the impact of spending cuts on regeneration in London

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: How to get regeneration projects delivered in a new fiscal environment

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.

Financing Urban Regeneration: Accelerated Development Zones for London?

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.