Here you’ll find the latest Future of London publications designed to give our members brief and accessible overviews of the big policy debates dominating the London landscape.

Our latest publication


Engaging London's Private Rented Sector - Report

How can London move towards the PRS it needs and deserves? Our three-year programme, supported by Oak Foundation and Trust for London, has explored approaches to improving the sector, including new development opportunities, licensing schemes and tenant rights. The final report includes analysis, case studies and themed recommendations. For other project outputs, see programme page


Making the Case for Place report and executive summary

Future of London’s major 2017 programme set out to better understand how different stakeholders value the impacts of placemaking and how to foster greater common ground between their views and interests. This report offers case studies, calls to action for stakeholders and guiding principles for more holistic placemaking valuation.

Making Delivery Models Work for London - Report

This FoL/GVA report takes stock of the housing delivery models councils and the GLA family are using; estimates how many homes and how much affordable housing those are producing; and explores how to share skills and knowledge better, to make the most of these emerging models.

Making Delivery Models Work for London - July 2017 Research briefing

Future of London and GVA, with input from a broad range of stakeholders, assess which delivery models are being used across the capital, how they’re performing, and where we go from here. The first stocktake was based on an assessment of nine representative London boroughs.

Making the Case for Place conference summary

A summary of Future of London’s full-day conference on 28 June, which invited cross-sector speakers to share practical insights on the value of place and placemaking.

Making the Most of Build to Rent - Executive Summary

This summary outlines key research findings and recommendations for decision-makers from the public and private sector. The capital’s Build to Rent landscape is evolving fast; updates on recent development activity are also provided. 

Making the Most of Build to Rent

This report gives an overview of the current wave PRS development in London, now at the highest level in four years. With the gap between social housing and home ownership wider than ever, PRS offers a real alternative; the report includes recommendations for CLG; the GLA; local authorities and housing associations; and developers and investors.

Smarter Planning briefing

Bringing together feedback from interviews with development managers and a senior roundtable, this briefing investigates ways of improving the development management process for public and private sectors as well as individual applicants.

Workspace that Works

This report summarises Future of London’s Workspace that Works programme, gathering insight and best practice on linking workspace and regeneration and highlighting issues local authorities should be aware of when planning workspace projects.

Priorities for Transport in a Growing London

Briefing from our Nov/Dec 2016 events delivered with support from Arup. The briefing brings together key talking points from speakers, Q&As and workshops and offers recommendations for TfL and the GLA as they prepare the consultation draft of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

Housing Zones Progress Report

Report on the GLA’s Housing Zones programme, assessing progress and initial impacts, including which types of interventions are proving effective and how momentum can be sustained over the lifetime of the programme. 

Doing Even More with Even Less - Update, Spring 2017

This update provides a sampler of what some local authorities are doing to deliver services in the context of fiscal austerity. Although by no means exhaustive, it serves as a primer for those entering the sector and provides key examples of innovation in public service delivery.

BREAKING 27.3.17: 

Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea have reluctantly decided to serve notice on the Tri-borough arrangements that were established in June 2011 to drive savings and public service reform for the benefit of residents in three key London boroughs. Read the full story here. 


Managing London's Exposure to Climate Change

Final report for 2016 research project delivered in partnership with Arup. The report presents challenges and solutions to making London’s public assets and services more resilient to the current and future effects of climate change. It includes recommendations for national and pan-London policymakers, developers, investors, insurers and educators.

Doing More with Less conference summary

Future of London’s 2016 Doing More With Less Conference looked at ways of generating and safeguarding sustainable revenue and long-term value at local level. The summary includes ‘top tips’ from our speakers and breakout sessions, case studies, key presentation slides and photographs from the event.

A Social Lettings Agency for London?

Short briefing based on a roundtable Future of London held in February. The event convened 10 boroughs, two sub-regional housing partnerships and the GLA to take stock of existing borough-led lettings agencies, and explore the potential of a cross-borough initiative, as mooted by London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan and the London Housing Commission.

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
August 2015

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
April 2015
Jo Wilson and Richard Tacagni

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
April 2015
Lead: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London

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
March 2015
Inge Hartkoorn and Lisa Taylor, Future of London

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
January 2015
Lead: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London

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
January 2015

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
December 2014
Lead: Jo Wilson, Future of London

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
October 2014
Lead: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London

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
April 2014
Lead author: Jennifer Johnson, Future of London

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
March 2014
Edited by Jennifer Johnson, with Lisa Taylor and Alexei Schwab, Future of London

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
August 2013
Jo Wilson with Lisa Taylor, Future of London

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
June 2013
Andrew Heywood
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
March 2013
Ben Harrison, Jo Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
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
January 2013
Jo Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
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?
August 2012
Future of London
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
July 2012
Andrew Heywood, Future of London
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
June 2012
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
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.

Delivering Energy Efficiency in London
May 2012
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
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
March 2012
Anna Turley and Jo Wilson, Future of London
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
February 2012
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
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
January 2012
Luke Hildyard, Future of London
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.

2011 and earlier

Capital Gains: What does the Local Government Resource Review mean for London?
October 2011
Kieran Larkin and Zach Wilcox, Centre for Cities and Future of 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
September 2011
Jo Wilson, Future of 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
June 2011
Ben Harrison, Future of 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
May 2011
Paula Lucci and Ben Harrison, Future of 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
March 2011
Paul McGuinness, GVA
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
February 2011
Ben Harrison, Future of 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
January 2011
Ben Harrison, Future of 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
November 2010
Anita Rivera, SNR Denton
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?
October 2010
Tom Symons, New Local Government Network
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
October 2010
Stephen Ashworth, SNR Denton
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
September 2010
Andrew Heywood
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
August 2010
Chris Webber and Kieran Larkin, Centre for Cities
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
July 2010
Jon Lloyd-Owen, Navigant Consulting
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?
June 2010
Ben Harrison, Future of 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.