The second instalment in this year’s Breakfast Seminar Series turned its gaze on the new institutional landscape, as quangos have been hoisted on to the bonfire, or if not, have at least been left with singed eyebrows and minor smoke inhalation. Our panel comprised Dick Sorabji – London Councils, Nick Taylor – HCA, Toby Lloyd – Shelter, Mark Baigent – LB Greenwich and Andy Gatrell – East Thames Group. Have a look at what some of them had to say below on topics covering the affordable rent model, the New Homes Bonus, and the wider question of how public bodies can deliver their strategies with less cash and arguably less clout.
Chair Tony Clements of Navigant steered the ship and you can read his own reflections following the event on his Red Brick blog here.
Much of the discussion was spent articulating the challenges that the new policy landscape presents to practitioners, and there is undoubtedly a need to move beyond this analysis, towards crafting meaningful solutions that can help stakeholders from across the capital drive development forward. The next session in this series will attempt to do exactly that, with a closer examination of new investment tools for London Boroughs.
In the meantime, here is a selection of clips from the Q&A with the panel…