Future of London September 2015 Update
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September Update – The third shoe... 

After the quick-fire wins of Sadiq Khan as Labour's mayoral candidate and Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, all that remains is the Conservative mayoral choice to set up a lively winter of debate: Khan would re-evaluate the Green Belt, while likely Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith says it's off limits. Corbyn is against city deals; Khan is for devolution. How will Khan flesh out those promising housing proposals? Lots of wrangling to come, and with Whitehall's contentious housing bill and a spending review as the backdrop, lots at stake for Londoners.
 
Future of London will track the big picture, but as always our focus will be helping practitioners navigate the coming changes. In that vein, our Housing Zones Network launches on 27th October, as a best-practice initiative designed for – and in part by – people delivering the zones. 
 
At a more intimate level, the Alumni Network explores estate regeneration delivery at its 17th September event, joined by newly graduated Future London Leaders Round 10 – congrats to them! We encourage all alumni to apply for the two Leaders rep spaces on FoL's steering group, starting in November.
 
In board news, a huge thanks to departing director and treasurer Ben Denton, who has helped with finances, course design and more – and who will continue to mentor as he moves to the private sector.
 
Finally, a warm welcome to the newest member of the Future of London team, Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, former liaison with FLL co-sponsor Lovell, and a true champion of all things FoL, who joins us on 20th October to head up Leadership Programmes.
 
Highlights are below; let us know if you'd like info on the above, and see you out there!
 
Lisa Taylor
Director

Programme Highlights

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington visit

Packington Estate
On 15th October, we will be visiting the Packington Estate in LB Islington to check on the progress of this acclaimed eight-year regeneration project. Part of our ongoing Delivering Estate Renewal programme, the trip will examine the progress of the renewal programme to date, hearing from key stakeholders – to sign up, visit our website.

Private rented sector newsletter

Regent's Canal
On 10th September, we published the first in a new series of PRS newsletters, containing summaries of our recent analysis of the sector; work on PRS licensing and rent stabilisation; and upcoming events and consultations. Read the first issue here; if you'd like to receive future updates on London's PRS, get in touch!

Communities in Transition

Chrisp Street market
On 24th September, we will visit Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) to see how Chrisp Street market is being used to anchor regeneration in the surrounding area. Speakers will discuss the relevance of local markets, integration with public health initiatives and supporting small businesses. For more information and to sign up, see our website.

PRS licensing workshop

London's PRS
As part of our three-year research programme into the private rented sector, Engaging London’s PRS, we held a workshop yesterday on PRS strategy and property licensing scheme evaluation. The workshop offered policy updates and strategies for improving conditions, and will be followed by further work tracking licensing schemes. See our website for more.

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