Housing Delivery Models: London stocktake begins

The numbers are coming in: Just 22 of the dozens of housing delivery models emerging across London are set to deliver some 55,000 homes, averaging 53% affordable. The figures are from GVA's preliminary findings for a joint GVA/Future of London programme on Housing Delivery Models, supported by Lewis Silkin. For more on the overall programme, see … [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...]

Making housing delivery models work

Cross-sector partnerships are on the rise again in the quest to deliver housing and regeneration more effectively. The emphasis now is on structures that give councils more control and help them retain assets for long-term revenue, but most models, from joint ventures through council-owned companies to new tenures and types, are relatively new; … [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...]

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...]

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...]