Housing Zones Network expands

Building on its success over the last two years, the Housing Zones Network is now broadening out to address wider housing and development issues, and is now the London Housing Network. Future of London set up the Housing Zones Network in 2015 to support the delivery of 75,000 homes across 30 zones by 2025. With the programme now well-established, … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [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...]

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...]

Making housing delivery models work

Cross-sector partnerships are on the rise again in the quest to deliver housing and regeneration more effectively. The emphasis now is on structures that give councils more control and help them retain assets for long-term revenue, but most models, from joint ventures through council-owned companies to new tenures and types, are relatively new; … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London – report launch

London is more reliant than ever on its private rented sector (PRS), including over 250,000 households with children.[i] Both public and private sectors are recognising the potential of new-build PRS development – often dubbed ‘Build to Rent’ – as an alternative to the existing PRS and its challenges. This sub-sector of the PRS is undoubtedly … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Vantage Point visit

Speaking at the RESI conference last month, Theresa May’s new housing minister Gavin Barwell indicated a policy shift away from owner-occupation and Cameron’s “starter homes” initiative, and towards an increased focus on the private rented sector (PRS) to get more homes built. Essential Living is a UK company developing, designing and operating … [Read more...]

Brexit briefing links

This selection of Brexit links offers insight into how leaving the EU could affect government, housing associations, development, and infrastructure, with a focus where possible on London-specific impacts. To suggest a link, email amanda@futureoflondon.org.uk. Articles Government The Commons Library provides two briefings: one covering … [Read more...]

Cross-Sector Brexit Briefing

*NEXT SESSION CONFIRMED: 29TH SEPT 08.30-11. Email events@futureoflondon.org.uk to request a place; space is limited, and FoL members have priority, so contact us soon. As we work to right ourselves in the wake of the referendum and subsequent political and financial upheaval, it is clear that to weather the turmoil, London must … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London is reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the opportunities the sector presents for local authorities and their housing association partners. As London’s reliance on the private rented sector continues to grow, many … [Read more...]