FoL’s 2018 programme theme: Overcoming Barriers

How to connect communities severed by physical and artificial boundaries The challenge of severance in London dates back centuries: slicing through communities with canals, rail viaducts or flyovers was ‘for the greater good’. As the capital runs out of easy places to build, the remaining sites are often in these divided neighbourhoods or … [Read more...]

Addressing the middle market in older people’s housing

The middle market for older people’s housing is significant and largely untapped. Innovation in this space requires a host of interventions, including a better understanding of need, a shift in consumer attitudes, clarity of the offer, a sector with a unified voice and policy and legislative changes. Future of London's latest Ageing Cities … [Read more...]

Ageing Cities: health and the built environment

Healthy placemaking is an essential part of delivering age-friendly cities, but it requires robust cross-sector collaboration. Planning can improve public health by promoting active travel, enhancing air quality, delivering and protecting open space. Social isolation, a key issue for our ageing population, can be reduced by supporting social … [Read more...]

Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities roundtable

Through winter 2016-17, with the backing of LB Ealing and LB Southwark, Future of London interviewed public- and private-sector planning professionals to understand the inefficiencies and blockages in development management – and to unearth proven and potential ways to improve. Those findings are  and fed into a senior roundtable on 7 … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]

The role of Build to Rent in London’s Housing Mix

Build to Rent – purpose-built development for the rental market – is picking up speed and attracting investment in London. While it has the potential to provide a much-needed boost to supply, local authorities and their housing association partners need to ensure that new housing developments meet local need. On 27 July, Future of London brought … [Read more...]

Build to Rent – London’s new intermediate tenure?

The private rented sector is London’s fastest growing housing tenure; between 2001 and 2011 it almost doubled. Whilst just a fraction of those tenants currently live in purpose-built rental properties, investors, the Greater London Authority and, increasingly, local authorities are recognising the potential of Build to Rent in London. It’s early … [Read more...]

Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above

On 26th November, Future of London held the third event in our London 2050 series, Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above. This half-day conference was kindly sponsored by Arup, and brought together public- and private-sector planners, transport experts, engineers and archaeologists to discuss best practice in managing … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Working Beyond Boundaries

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

In Spring 2013, Future of London began looking at transport planning in London, and at how it can adapt to changes in demographics and urban form, and influence sustainable travel choices. In partnership with Transport for London, we ran a three-part seminar series – ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’ – that examined adapting to … [Read more...]