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...]

The role of Build to Rent in London’s Housing Mix

Build to Rent – purpose-built development for the rental market – is picking up speed and attracting investment in London. While it has the potential to provide a much-needed boost to supply, local authorities and their housing association partners need to ensure that new housing developments meet local need. On 27 July, Future of London brought … [Read more...]

Build to Rent – London’s new intermediate tenure?

The private rented sector is London’s fastest growing housing tenure; between 2001 and 2011 it almost doubled. Whilst just a fraction of those tenants currently live in purpose-built rental properties, investors, the Greater London Authority and, increasingly, local authorities are recognising the potential of Build to Rent in London. It’s early … [Read more...]

Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above

On 26th November, Future of London held the third event in our London 2050 series, Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above. This half-day conference was kindly sponsored by Arup, and brought together public- and private-sector planners, transport experts, engineers and archaeologists to discuss best practice in managing … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Working Beyond Boundaries

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

In Spring 2013, Future of London began looking at transport planning in London, and at how it can adapt to changes in demographics and urban form, and influence sustainable travel choices. In partnership with Transport for London, we ran a three-part seminar series – ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’ – that examined adapting to … [Read more...]

Imagining the Future City: London 2062

Last week, we participated in the launch of Imagining the Future City: London 2062, a cross-sector anthology that approaches the question of London’s future. The book is the culmination of Future of London’s work on the London 2062 programme headed by UCL’s Grand Challenge on Sustainable Cities. In Spring 2012, we partnered with UCL to … [Read more...]

Localism, two years on

Two years ago today, the Localism Act received Royal Assent.  With it came a suite of reforms across the UK purported to empower both local authorities and the communities they serve, ranging from the New Homes Bonus to the General Power of Competence. In London, localism came with particular significance as Mayoral planning, regeneration and … [Read more...]

Planning for school places

As London’s population continues to rise, and with the country’s highest birth rates, local authorities across the capital region face rapidly increasing demand for school places. Boroughs have a statutory requirement to provide a school place for every child, and many schools are already operating at full capacity. While the current shortage is … [Read more...]

LandAid Debate 2013 on London’s competitiveness

Last night, I attended the property industry's charity LandAid's annual debate in London's City Hall, which was called: "Competitive Cities: can London stay ahead of the game?". The five key speakers for the evening included: Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning; the academic Prof Ricky Burdett of … [Read more...]