Future of London November/December 2016 Update
Future of London

November/December update – Making the Case

Hello all –

For London, yesterday's Autumn Statement was a mix of the good (funding for new and affordable homes, devolution of work & health programmes), the bad (slower economic growth) and the absent (Crossrail 2, Stamp Duty reform, environment). For the gains and the question marks, there's been an obvious need to make a clear case for funding and political support, which will have helped sway these decisions.

I saw the same need this morning at a Mayor of London debate on green infrastructure kicked off by Deputy Mayor Shirley Rodrigues  a room of the largely converted working out how to make the case to governments, developers and communities that [quality] green infrastructure is worth investing time and money in.

We also saw it in our first two Mayor's Transport Strategy events and when we co-hosted Countryside's Alan Cherry Debate on how local authorities can lead on housing delivery in a post-Brexit world. All of these sessions moved beyond the high level to specifics: proving value, building relationships and putting mechanisms in place to get things done.

This practical ethos has driven FoL's 2016 work on Estate Renewal in LondonBusiness Improvement DistrictsManaging London's Climate Change Risk and Workspace that Works. We'll carry it through 2017 programmes on PublicPrivate Placemaking, Smarter Cities, PRS and of course in our Leaders programmes. If you'd like to get involved, contact us.

Joining our partner group to help deliver all that are returning sponsor Lend Lease and new sponsor Potter Raper Partnership  a warm welcome to them, and to new FoL board member Debbie Jackson, GLA Assistant Director of Regeneration, stepping in for Stewart Murray, now at GL Hearn. Huge thanks to Stewart for his past contributions and ongoing support!

We'll also be working with Debbie and alumnus Finn Williams this winter, advising on his Place Agency (working title) effort to bridge the staffing gap in borough planning and regeneration. We'll give over a Jan/Feb Housing Zones Network session as a forum for your views - all FoL members are welcome to HZN, so keep an eye on the Events page. Next regular HZN session is on Workspace & Interim Use: 17th Jan, 2.30PM, City Hall. To sign up, email hzn@futureoflondon.org.uk.

Finally, if you're a mentor, watch for an early 2017 dinner - no work involved! - and if you're keen to improve presentation skills, join our Diversity Speakers' Network assessment  on 13th Jan and presentation coaching workshop on 23rd Jan. 

See below for events before/after the holiday, and hope to see you at the Dec 6th Fizz 'n' Chips Christmas drinks! It's technically full, but email events@futureoflondon.org.uk, and we'll see about dropping in.

See you out there! 

Lisa Taylor
Chief Executive

Programme Highlights

Workspace Matching Event

Managing Exposure
The final event in our Workspace that Works programme takes place on Thursday, 1 December and provides an opportunity for landlords and developers to meet workspace operators able to help them fill spaces. A small number of exhibitor and attendee places are still available. See our website for more information or email us to register.

Priorities for Transport in a Growing London

Workspace events
On 10 November, we heard from Val Shawcross and a panel of speakers about the challenges and opportunities for the upcoming Mayor's Transport Strategy. See more on our website. Our next event in this series, on 6 December, focuses on community-level transport projects. A small number of spaces are available; email us to apply.

Making the Most of Build to Rent

Tony Travers
The last roundtable in our Build to Rent programme investigated design, management and building amenities of this fast-growing tenure. Read a summary on our website and join us for the report launch on 19 January. See here for more information or email us to request a place.

Workspace that Works Research Forum

Camden Workspace
Throughout 2016, our Workspace that Works programme has been complemented by other organisations in London carrying out their own workspace research. Our Workspace Research Forum on 9 November, hosted by London Councils, brought together some of this research. See our website for a summary and presentation slides.

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