Future of London August 2015 Update
Future of London

August Update – Pleasant surprises

“Working in partnership with the right people really can work well.” Sounds obvious, perhaps, but the source is a pleasant surprise: a resident involved in an estate regeneration scheme at LB Islington’s King Square (see here for coverage and here for Islington’s consultation info [PDF], produced with FoL partner Pollard Thomas Edwards).
Future of London often reports on and fosters regeneration partnerships, and there are ones that work brilliantly at every level – we’re keen to see results from July’s GLA ‘Regen Bootcamp’ for instance, which offered up £20m in funding, sample projects, and partners ranging from TfL to food collectives.
It’s particularly heartening to see an estate re-think including a new school and new [private!] housing arrived at with residents truly on board, and without battles or delays. The idea that this can be done is behind one of our autumn Estate Renewal workshops, with the other two tackling delivery vehicles and skills/supply chain issues.
Also in September, Future London Leaders Round 11 and Leaders Plus Round 3 will launch, followed in October by our new Housing Zones Network, open to any public-sector organisation working on one of these initiatives and looking for support. Details coming soon, or get in touch for info. For more on recent and upcoming highlights, see below.
For now, a warm welcome to our newest member, the City of London Corporation, and a smooth return from holidays to all of you!
See you out there –
Lisa Taylor

Programme Highlights

London's Private Rented Sector

London's PRS
Our online series, Making Sense of London's PRS, continued this month with two new posts addressing stock condition and affordability within the tenure. Stay tuned for details of our 16th September workshop on Evaluating HMO Licensing. For more info on this and our other PRS activities, join our PRS bulletin which will launch next month.

Communities in Transition

Chrisp Street market
Our final field trip of 2015 will be to Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) to see how the 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.

Housing Zones: Tottenham

As part of our ongoing work on Housing Zones, we're looking at what's happening in some of the 18 zones announced so far. Our first profile is on Tottenham in LB Haringey, where housing delivery is being supported through infrastructure investment and the creation of a new town centre. Read the full case study on our website.

Barking town centre regeneration

Communities in Transition
On 22nd July, we visited Barking, to hear about how investment in civic institutions is supporting housing growth in the town centre. We also saw the William Street Quarter, where the council has delivered new homes through an innovative SPV; and the Ice House Quarter, Barking's nascent cultural hub. For the full report, visit our website.

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