Future of London Feb 2016 Update
Future of London

February Update – Estates, Diversity, BIDs

Hello all –
There is a lot coming your way. Our well-received Estate Renewal roundtable series just wrapped and the briefing goes out next week, including directly to the Heseltine Estate Regeneration Panel and other key policy influencers. The briefing, sponsored by Bilfinger GVA, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Lewis Silkin, is a compendium of practical cross-sector views and recommendations on delivering estate renewal in London, and the roundtables have already fed into the panel. We look forward to your feedback.

DCLG’s Estate Regeneration Statement was released today as well, and includes a call for expressions of interest prior to estate regeneration proposals. The statement is here.
On 3rd March, the steering group for our programme on Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change meets to set the course, and an Alumni Network event scopes out the post-election London landscape. On 9th March, we launch our Diversity Speakers’ Network, to help increase the mix of voices in urban debates. For info on any of these, contact events@futureoflondon.org.uk.
On 10th March at the Shard, we launch our report on the Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts. The report frames the contribution BIDs can make as local government finance prepares for upheaval, and assesses the threats and opportunities they face, and will be available on our website after the launch.

As a reminder, I’m at MIPIM 15th-17th March (as NLA’s guest; we are a not-for-profit, after all!) chairing the Housing for London, Haringey Regeneration and Long-term Value sessions, and talking up FoL and the evolving Leaders programmes. If you’d like to meet up, please get in touch.

The work coming out now is a testament to Future of London’s small but excellent team; on 29th February, we welcome our sixth (!) member, Programme & Research Officer Amanda Robinson. Can’t wait for you to meet her!

See you out there -
Lisa Taylor

Programme Highlights

Social Lettings Agencies

Social lettings agencies
On 25th February we will hold a roundtable on borough-led social lettings agencies. The event and following briefing will examine how SLAs are helping meet housing need, generating revenue, and how they might work as part of a pan-London network. This event is part of our Engaging London's PRS programme, supported by Oak Foundation and Trust for London.

Housing Zones: Thamesmead

Our latest Housing Zone case study looks at how Bexley, Greenwich and Peabody are working together to deliver housing in Thamesmead, supported by over £70m of HZ funding from the GLA. Bolstered by the imminent arrival of Crossrail, the Housing Zone will kickstart plans to deliver up to 14,000 homes over the next 30 years. Read more on our website.

Diversity Speakers' Network

Diversity Speakers' Network
Future of London's new Diversity Speakers' Network launches on 9th March. Designed to help urban-sector events better reflect the people who deliver and use London’s services, and to provide a resource other groups can draw on, the network is growing rapidly and Countryside Properties have provided early support. To attend the launch, email us.

Delivering Estate Renewal

Estate Renewal
Tuesday, 23rd February saw our final senior roundtable on the challenges facing estate renewal in London, this time on barriers to delivery. A summary of the three roundtables will be published in early March. These events were kindly hosted by Bilfinger GVA, with support from Pollard Thomas Edward and Lewis Silkin.

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