Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Communicating placemaking priorities

Perspectives on the role and value of placemaking in London’s public realm can vary widely, if not wildly. Community groups, residents, businesses, landowners, councils, developers, cultural or educational organisations and other service providers may have different expectations of improving a place, with commercial, environmental and social … [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...]

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...]

Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with 'Proposals for London' about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking 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, … [Read more...]

Doing Even More with Even Less – Update, Spring 2017

  As commentator Diane Coyle put it in the FT following the Spring Budget, productivity invariably looks higher when more services must be delivered with fewer people and less money, but "improving 'productivity' figures does not mean fiscal austerity has been delivering more for less. That would take a wholesale re-engineering of … [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...]

#DiversityPledgeLDN Anniversary and Alumni Meet-up

With more than 44% of London’s residents of BAME origin and 85% of Millennials saying an employer’s diversity record is key to deciding whether to work for them,  it’s clear that all-white-male panels are not only unrepresentative, but increasingly unappealing and outdated. Future of London’s Speaker Diversity Pledge, supported by the Mayor … [Read more...]

Measuring the Value of Placemaking

Placemaking is a multifaceted term, all too easily overshadowed by notions of Best Value or national policy drivers. Future of London brought a group of senior practitioners together on 23 February to explore what is/can be measured, notable gaps (and reasons why), and the tools and strategies that could drive a more consistent and holistic … [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...]