Housing Zones Network: GLA & Zone Update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA,  supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through practical knowledge and best practice.

On 20th September, HZN members attended an update at City Hall, for the latest on the Housing Zone programme and to hear from expert speakers on innovative approaches to improving housing delivery.

Jamie Ratcliff, Housing Zones NetworkJamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director – Programme, Policy and Services at the GLA, discussed the new mayor’s approach to Housing Zones and how the GLA is responding to feedback from local authorities, and Asiyah Ally, Housing Zones (Contracting) Manager at the GLA, gave a technical update on the contracting process.

Lampton 360’s Barbara Richardson shared insight on setting up and using LB Hounslow’s council-owned company for housing development; LB Bexley’s Anna Bourne and Peabody’s Colin Boxall gave a Thamesmead updated focused on partnership working; and TfL’s Patricia Cazes-Potgieter talked about her organisation’s evolving approach to development and the use of public-sector land for housing delivery.

Although the network was designed to support housing zones, topics extend across planning, development, consultation and related areas, and ‘non-zone’ practitioners are also welcome to attend. The network offers regular seminars and workshops, plus quarterly GLA updates, along with an online bank of presenter information and workshop top tips. Events and materials are now free to Future of London members; other public-sector organisations can sign on for £2,500+VAT per year.

All disciplines – including corporate areas such as legal, finance and strategy – are welcome, and organisations can send up to 3 different people per event if space allows.

For more information on how to participate, contact hzn@futureoflondon.org.uk.