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...]

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...]

Perspectives: Placemaking beyond King’s Cross

If you’re talking placemaking in London, the conversation will inevitably turn to King’s Cross, one of Europe’s largest, longest-running and most widely acclaimed regeneration schemes. Future of London kick-started the field trip element of our 2017 placemaking programme with a visit to King’s Cross in April. The trip had more than 150 … [Read more...]

Leadership tips for the new mayor, from London’s next leaders

Future London Leaders Round 11 came to a lively conclusion on 16th March with a series of fast-paced proposals for the next Mayor of London. Their ‘Key Question’ was: What are the most critical leadership criteria for a new Mayor to deliver a liveable London during his/her first term? Candidates’ creative presentations included ideas ranging from … [Read more...]

Estate Renewal: making the case for London

As the Housing Bill moves through Parliament, the Heseltine Estate Regeneration Panel gears up and the mayoral election looms, 60 of London's most experienced housing providers have come together to agree the most serious obstacles to estate renewal in the capital, and the best ways to overcome them. Through January and February, … [Read more...]

Estate Renewal: Strategy, Community, Delivery

As far-reaching central government housing policies start to take effect, London interests are marshaling arguments and pleas ahead of the mayoral election. Add Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, and this is the ideal time to act. Specifically, this is the ideal time for London’s housing providers – boroughs, builders, housing … [Read more...]

Evaluating PRS licensing schemes workshop

As reliance on the private rented sector to house London’s communities increases, and given the well-known issues of condition and management in parts of the sector, it is unsurprising that a growing number of boroughs are looking to licensing schemes to address these challenges. Our workshop on 16th September invited boroughs to discuss PRS … [Read more...]

Seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents

With the General Election fast approaching, Future of London takes a closer look at rent stabilisation in our upcoming seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents: a viable option for tackling the affordability gap? This forms part of a three-year research programme on the private rented sector (PRS) funded by the Oak Foundation and Trust … [Read more...]

Delivering estate renewal in the real world

In the face of reduced public funding, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal has become an increasingly important option for meeting housing need across London. This kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle … [Read more...]