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 Case for Place

Placemaking is everywhere, literally and figuratively. Agreeing what it means is less universal, which can lead to problems securing stakeholder buy-in, with knock-on impacts for funding and planning consent. Some focus on bricks-mortar-landscaping choices and how excellent urban space also delivers rental uplift. Others laud the community or … [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...]

Estate Renewal: making the case for London

As the Housing Bill moves through Parliament, the Heseltine Estate Regeneration Panel gears up and the mayoral election looms, 60 of London's most experienced housing providers have come together to agree the most serious obstacles to estate renewal in the capital, and the best ways to overcome them. Through January and February, … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington site visit

The Packington Estate, in the east of LB Islington, is around half way through an eight-year, six-phase redevelopment programme. As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we visited the estate on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council … [Read more...]

Chrisp Street market key to regeneration in Poplar

Chrisp Street market in Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) is a long-running food and convenience goods market which is being used to anchor regeneration plans in the wider area. On 24th September, we visited the area as part of our Communities in Transition series, to see how the market is being used to deliver regeneration programmes and hear about how … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington

As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we will be visiting the Packington Estate in LB Islington on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed eight-year project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council took the decision to redevelop the estate after discovering structural flaws. After … [Read more...]

Town Centres summary highlights attitudes over assets

The summary of Future of London’s summer conference, Creating Resilient Town Centres, is now online. Speakers gave insight into topical case studies along with strategies and best practice for reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres – old and new, large and small. What emerged as we assembled the summary was that the … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Wembley

Our Communities in Transition field trip series kicks off again on 15th April with a visit to Wembley, the home of the national football stadium and a major growth area for Brent council. In keeping with our 2015 theme of anchor regeneration, the visit will explore the impact of the stadium on the regeneration of the wider area. Wembley is a key … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Thamesmead site visit

On 5th March, Future of London visited Thamesmead and Abbey Wood with member organisation Peabody, to hear about estate renewal, Crossrail and Housing Zones in this large riverside area. Perhaps best known for featuring as the dystopic setting for A Clockwork Orange, Thamesmead is currently home to around 40,000 people. In fact, the area … [Read more...]