Future of London July 2015 Update
Future of London

July Update – Boot Camp

Hello all –
On July 30th, the GLA will host a 'Regen Bootcamp' to share and stimulate project ideas ahead of its new £20m London Regeneration Fund, designed to support "innovative approaches to high street and 'places of work' initiatives".  We'll be there to watch the sparks ignite, and know most of our network will be represented – brainstorming attached to funding always draws a lively crowd!

To warm up, you can explore ideas gaining currency in town centre regeneration by browsing the materials from our well-received Resilient Town Centres conference. We'll post a report linking the conference themes shortly. 

Also in a training vein, Leaders Plus Round 2 graduated July 14th, having honed their personal and professional leadership skills over nine months. Their experiences will inform the next round of this masterclass series, launching in September with an intensive programme and a highly topical new case study. Future London Leaders Round 11 also starts in September; nominations for both member-exclusive programmes are about to close, so please contact Bal Chauhan ASAP if interested.

Given the complex new challenges to housing delivery, FoL is also developing an initiative to support practitioners working on Housing Zones. Open to our local government and housing association members, the programme will combine technical sessions with best practice-sharing and a troubleshooting forum; with issues common to most housing-led developments, this will have broad relevance. We launch in October; watch this space for updates.

To deliver all this, FoL is looking to expand the team again, with a part-time Business Manager and flex-time Leadership Programmes Manager. Leaders alumni are encouraged to apply for the latter! Information on both is here.

Finally, a warm welcome to LB Wandsworth, the newest addition to Future of London's growing family, now with 42 members and a 3,000-strong practitioner network. For more on projects, upcoming events and useful materials, see below.

Hope to see you out there!
Lisa Taylor

Programme Highlights

London's PRS

London's PRS
Our new online series, Making Sense of London's PRS, launches today. The first instalment looks at the data on shifts in tenure – the explosive growth of the PRS and decline in owner-occupation – as well as the geographic variation between boroughs. Weekly updates will explore PRS affordability, stock condition, tenants and landlords.

Communities in Transition

Communities in Transition
Our next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Barking town centre on 22nd July. This visit will look at the links between new civic spaces and town centre regeneration, and will include a visit to new-build council housing in the William Street Quarter and the creative industries hub at the Ice House Quarter. To register, please see our website.

All Change in Croydon!

Our visit to Croydon town centre on 16th June looked at the links between large-scale retail and regeneration. LB Croydon's Tim Naylor and Matthew McMillan outlined borough-led interventions, while Hammerson's Carolyn Kenney and Croydon BID's Matthew Sims discussed how the private sector is contributing. Read the summary here.

Roads, Crossings and more

Roads Task Force
This autumn, FoL will look at how the work of Transport for London’s Roads Task Force is being activated across the Capital, with a focus on road use, river crossings and multi-modal transport in town centres. Watch this space for that and further work on the London Plan.

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