Future of London March 2016 Update
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March update – on the right track

Hello all –
 
Reporting back from MIPIM (thanks again to NLA for the pass), watchwords included partnership, long-term value and local authority skills, and hot topics included PRS housing and outer London. We’ll be pursuing one – placemaking and ‘soft-issue’ valuation – in particular, for its potential to support BIDs, Estate Renewal and other areas we're focused on. On top of building Future of London’s profile and network, the property event showed that FoL is on track or ahead of the curve on key issues.
 
On that note, as 11 new Housing Zones kick off, our bespoke Housing Zones Network rolls on with seminars on CPOs, viability and land issues scheduled March through May, and more HZN sessions to follow. To register, join the network or find out more, contact sabrina@futureoflondon.org.uk.
 
Another ‘11’ was in the spotlight last week as Future London Leaders Round 11 ended with lively Key Questions presentations on leadership qualities the next mayor will need to grapple with social housing, tall buildings, public health and more – watch for a post on the three top presentations from Leadership head Visakha Sri Chandrasekera.
 
There's more on recent activities below; for now, welcome to new HZN members One Housing and to new FoL board members Lucinda Turner of TfL and alumni board members Karen Montgomerie of LB Islington and Alex Hearn of LTS Architects.
 
See you out there, including at our Estate Renewal NLA Breakfast on 8th April and on 23rd June, for our full-day conference on Generating Revenue (Brexit waffles not included…)
 
Lisa Taylor
Director

Programme Highlights

Business Improvement Districts

Collective
On 10th March at the Sahrd, we launched our new report, The Evolution of London's BIDs. London now has over 50 BIDs, and they are playing an increasingly important role in supporting high streets and town centres. Commissioned by the GLA and LEP, the report examines BIDs' impact and potential. Read a summary and download the report here.

Delivering Estate Renewal in London

Estate Renewal
Our new briefing on estate renewal best practice was launched on 8th March, and calls for greater recognition of London's unique position when it comes to housing policy. Read a summary and download the briefing on our website. This programme was kindly supported by Bilfinger GVA, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Lewis Silkin.

Diversity Speakers' Network

Diversity Speakers' Network
Future of London's new Diversity Speakers' Network launched on 9th March. Speakers outlined how diversity within the sector can support creating places and services which reflect London's population. Read more about the launch and how to get involved in the network on our website, and thanks to Countryside Properties for their support.

Social Lettings Agencies

Social lettings agencies
On 25th February we held a roundtable on borough-led social lettings agencies. Attendees discussed how SLAs help meet housing need, generate revenue, incentivise landlords, and how they might work as part of a pan-London network. Read the summary on our website; a more detailed briefing will follow shortly.

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