Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Ealing Visit

Build to Rent has the ability to make a real difference to London’s housing needs, providing purposefully designed properties for rent with strong management, and a high quality customer experience. Increasingly, the Greater London Authority and local authorities are recognising the potential of this distinctive private rented sector (PRS) offer, … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: Expert insight on monster programmes

What does it take to successfully deliver a complex, long-term housing or regeneration programme, and live to tell the tale? To give Housing Zones teams insight into managing some of London’s big multi-year beasts, Future of London is bringing together a senior cross-sector panel on 26th November, as the first session in the Housing Zones Network … [Read more...]

Inward investment and local jobs – FoL sets scene at MIPIM

In his 20th February speech announcing the new Croydon Growth Zone, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Attracting investment and improving connectivity are vital for helping businesses large and small to create more jobs here in London.” Future of London has been hearing that call from its members and wider network for some time, and is launching … [Read more...]

COCos: More than a flavour of the month

London’s housing need is well established. According to the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy, the Capital needs at least 42,000 houses per year in order to satisfy demand, and is at the moment providing only around half that amount. While plans are underway to boost house-building through policy measures such as the Mayor’s recently announced … [Read more...]

Local authority partnerships in London and the Netherlands

On June 17th, Future of London and the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB) joined forces to explore innovative approaches to public sector partnerships. Our City Hall seminar brought together expert practitioners to discuss this rapidly evolving area, and compare approaches in London, Utrecht and The Hague. London councils and … [Read more...]

Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]

Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with … [Read more...]

Future of London at Place West London 2013

On 22nd October, Future of London took part in the Place West London conference at Kensington Olympia. PWL is an annual event focussed on economic development and regeneration in West London which aims to promote area growth and prosperity. As part of the networking sessions, our Future London Leaders programme was featured in a Regeneration … [Read more...]