Housing Delivery Models – Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

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...]

Roundtable: Engaging private tenant communities

  Engaging private tenant communities – a new remit for the public sector? With local authorities having more powers than ever to improve their PRS, it is in their interests to improve dialogue with private tenants. But it isn’t always easy –they are a disparate group, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The final component of … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: GLA zones 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 and Potter Raper Partnership, supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Is the housing sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Geeta Nanda - CEO at Thames Valley Housing, as first appeared in Inside Housing.  Opening the papers recently, I read about Eileen Burbridge – one of the most high-profile business women investing in tech companies – who was regularly assumed to be one of the office assistants, not the … [Read more...]

London boroughs vital for Build to Rent

‘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.[1] The new wave of institutionally-funded products focus on functional design, bespoke management, community … [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...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent – Report Launch

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London has spent the last six months reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the roles that local authorities and housing associations are playing in its evolution. Informed by site visits and senior roundtables, the final … [Read more...]

Build to Rent: Design & Liveability

There are currently 33,411 Build to Rent units completed, under construction, or with planning permission in London (BPF 2016). Development activity is boosted by overseas providers such as the US ‘multi-family’ giant Greystar, who just submitted an application to develop 1,439 purpose-built homes for private rent on the former GlaxoSmithKline … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Vantage Point visit

Speaking at the RESI conference last month, Theresa May’s new housing minister Gavin Barwell indicated a policy shift away from owner-occupation and Cameron’s “starter homes” initiative, and towards an increased focus on the private rented sector (PRS) to get more homes built. Essential Living is a UK company developing, designing and operating … [Read more...]