Drawing on research carried out for Public Practice during a year-long placement in LB Havering, Rachel Hearn reflects on the role pre-apps can play in securing good design, the challenges local authorities and applicants face when it comes to pre-apps, and how these services could be improved for all.
Our Spotlights draw attention to new or innovative initiatives from Future of London members on issues such as diversity, health, planning, community engagement, and more. Spotlights offer insight into different ways of working as well as lessons for other organisations.
If you’re a Future of London member with an interesting project to share, get in touch with Amanda Robinson. See our recent Spotlights below for inspiration.
A combination of small practices with small, complex sites should be an obvious marriage of opportunity and resource for local authorities, but significant challenges remain. To help, Future of London convened a roundtable with senior representatives from boroughs and SME architectural practices to explore the potential benefits and barriers to working together.
Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.
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