Future of London May 2015 Update
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May update – Buckle up

Hello all –

Right, it's over. Whether you're clearing up champagne corks or crying into your beer, this election result means there is still work to do! Among other things, we’ll all be faced with managing the impact of continued public-sector cuts, and with getting housing, planning, infrastructure and fiscal devolution issues heard amidst the Scotland and EU clamour.
As new cabinet ministers focused on London’s issues settle in, it's clear that we must work together to strengthen the case for central government support for this complex city-region – the UK’s economic engine and home to some of its most deprived areas – not least by showing what can be accomplished.  
To see how FoL is contributing to that effort this month, see below for programme highlights and upcoming events. As a quick update:
On 21st April, FoL head of policy Jo Wilson co-hosted a workshop on the private rented sector at CIH’s annual London conference, with a focus on FoL’s new PRS Licensing paper. That workstream continues with a 14th May seminar on rent stabilisation, with an expert panel and an audience including six London mayoral candidates and/or their reps.

Those of you in planning may also be hearing from FoL's Inge Hartkoorn, as we wrap up our Localism survey with a few post-election calls.

On the Leaders front, Future London Leaders Round 10 is off to a flying start, and will include an examination of a major regeneration project 25 years on. FLL Round 9 meets 13th May in Dalston for a roving discussion of gentrification and equity, and the Leaders Plus group has a hands-on session on media and communications today. Candidates and alumni, keep an eye out for details on the 18th June alumni evening too. Lots afoot for London's next leaders!

Hope to see you out there!

Lisa Taylor

Programme Highlights

Town centres conference

Rent Stabilisation
Future of London is pleased to present Creating Resilient Town Centres, a full-day conference on 23rd June, looking at reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres across London – old and new, large and small. The event is free to attend but registration is required: more details are available on our website.

Communities in Transition

Communities in Transition
With the summary of our Wembley visit now online, we're looking forward to our next Communities in Transition field trip to Whitechapel, on 28th May. Speakers will discuss the role of the hospital and life sciences cluster as anchor institutions and the council's High Street Fund programme. See our website for details.

The Truth About Networking

The Truth About Networking
Love it or hate it, networking is crucial to 'getting things done'. On 14th April, FoL and 100 Years of Women in Transport brought together women practitioners to discuss their experiences of networking and share advice with the 100-strong audience. Read a summary on our website, and thanks to K&L Gates for hosting!

Devolution and Localism

London 2050: Capturing Value
On the eve of the election, we took time to look at the impact the Localism and devolution agendas have had on London planning and regeneration, based on early survey responses. HRA reform, council-run development companies and neighbourhood planning all featured. If you'd like to add your own assessment, take our survey here!

London's Housing Zones

Housing Zones
As part of a new Future of London workstream assessing housing and planning tools, we’ll be looking at Housing Zones, highlighting best practice, innovative methods and transferable approaches to accelerating delivery – and finding out how these ambitious programmes are playing out on the ground. To get involved, contact us.

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