Leaders Plus 4: Proposals for London

Leaders Plus Round 4 wrapped up on 12 July with ‘Proposals for London’, a series of ground-breaking interventions inspired by the cohort's case study: Deptford, LB Lewisham. The final task before graduation, the presentations combined original research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. The audience included mentors, FoL board … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Executive Summary

‘Build to Rent’ housing designed and managed specifically for private renters is on the rise in London – there were four times as many private rented sector (PRS) schemes in development at the end of 2016 than in the previous seven years.[ref]Molior (2016) Q3 PRS Research (membership required to access)[/ref] In January 2017, Future of London … [Read more...]

Workspace matching event, 5 Oct

Future of London's 2016 Workspace that Works programme showed that SME workspace is vital to bringing life to London's communities, generating innovation, sustaining local economies, and supporting skills development. Co-working space is now one of London’s most active property sectors, and finding the right partner – for the space, tenure, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 15: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 15 wrapped on 14th June with ‘Proposals for London’ about Smarter Cities, tying in with our 2017 Smarter Cities programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. In addition to leadership skills sessions, the FLL15 programme … [Read more...]

Crossrail regeneration update

As Crossrail draws closer to its launch date, Future of London is returning to our research on how Europe's largest construction project is affecting development activity in the capital. Our 2014 report, Crossrail as Catalyst explored the ways local authorities were rising to the challenge of making sure areas with new stations benefit fully … [Read more...]

New programme: Smarter Cities

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector. At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: report launch

Small and micro businesses (SMEs) with fewer than 50 employees make up 99% of all businesses and 41% of employment in London, but workspace here is under threat from office-to-residential conversion and a historically rapid loss of industrial land. Future of London’s Workspace that Works report – based on a year-long programme of research and … [Read more...]

Housing Zones report launch

Housing Zones were introduced by the previous mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who designated 31 areas to receive funding and support to develop difficult sites. Interest in the programme has been so high that bid requests have outstripped the funding available. Future of London’s Housing Zones Progress Report, launched 26 January, concludes that … [Read more...]

Alan Cherry Debate summary

Can the public sector lead on housing supply post-Brexit? Stacked against obstacles alone, the answer to the above should be “no”. London local authorities must serve rapidly changing and growing populations with shrinking budgets, conflicting policy pressures and yet-to-be-defined fiscal powers under business rates reform. The Autumn Statement … [Read more...]