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...]

Perspectives: Placemaking beyond King’s Cross

If you’re talking placemaking in London, the conversation will inevitably turn to King’s Cross, one of Europe’s largest, longest-running and most widely acclaimed regeneration schemes. Future of London kick-started the field trip element of our 2017 placemaking programme with a visit to King’s Cross in April. The trip had more than 150 … [Read more...]

Leadership tips for the new mayor, from London’s next leaders

Future London Leaders Round 11 came to a lively conclusion on 16th March with a series of fast-paced proposals for the next Mayor of London. Their ‘Key Question’ was: What are the most critical leadership criteria for a new Mayor to deliver a liveable London during his/her first term? Candidates’ creative presentations included ideas ranging from … [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...]

Estate Renewal: Strategy, Community, Delivery

As far-reaching central government housing policies start to take effect, London interests are marshaling arguments and pleas ahead of the mayoral election. Add Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, and this is the ideal time to act. Specifically, this is the ideal time for London’s housing providers – boroughs, builders, housing … [Read more...]

Evaluating PRS licensing schemes workshop

As reliance on the private rented sector to house London’s communities increases, and given the well-known issues of condition and management in parts of the sector, it is unsurprising that a growing number of boroughs are looking to licensing schemes to address these challenges. Our workshop on 16th September invited boroughs to discuss PRS … [Read more...]

Seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents

With the General Election fast approaching, Future of London takes a closer look at rent stabilisation in our upcoming seminar: Stabilising London’s Private Sector Rents: a viable option for tackling the affordability gap? This forms part of a three-year research programme on the private rented sector (PRS) funded by the Oak Foundation and Trust … [Read more...]

Delivering estate renewal in the real world

In the face of reduced public funding, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal has become an increasingly important option for meeting housing need across London. This kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle … [Read more...]

Lessons and questions from London’s Poverty Profile

Last week, Trust for London and the New Policy Institute [NPI] released the fourth edition of London’s Poverty Profile. This independent report draws on official government data to paint a picture of poverty and inequality across the Capital. By compiling statistics from across a range of government agencies, the report succinctly takes a … [Read more...]

Price of private sector housing continues to climb

It’s been just over six months since the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published our report Changes to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for Delivery. In that time, there have been many developments that continue to shape the city’s housing landscape. It’s early days to gauge the ‘concrete’ impacts of recent housing initiatives by the … [Read more...]