Homes for Londoners (HfL), undertaken with law firm Dentons, says that City Hall must evolve from being a body that sets strategies and distributes a small amount of government money to fund housebuilding, to instead become a more muscular body; one that rolls up its sleeves and acquires land from other public bodies, and use its compulsory purchase powers, where appropriate, to help get more homes built.
London First, Centre for London and Bloomberg Associates have set out a paper looking at a new role in City Hall: Chief Digital Officer. The report was produced in consultation with a range of business and policy leaders, and argues that the role should be focused on three themes: 1. providing policy advice and digital expertise, 2. championing a digital transformation across London government, and, 3. seeking out and sharing best practice.
London First’s business manifesto looks at the main drivers that sustain London as the best place in the world to do business. The next mayor will have to make their own judgments about what to prioritise and how to spend their time and resources. But it is within these drivers of the London economy that they will find the greatest returns for jobs and growth.
In our report, The Off-Site Rule, written with the planning consultants Turley, we call for a clearer system in London for the off-site construction of affordable homes and payments by developers to planning authorities in lieu of building affordable housing.
The impact on London of the UK's membership of the Single Market
City Hall and local authorities could support a new wave of housebuilding if they focus on making better use of land by supporting a programme of housing densification, new research from London First and Savills has found.
Opportunity Areas are one of Mayor Boris Johnson’s flagship schemes. Consisting of 38 brownfield land areas, they are earmarked to supply up to 303,000 new homes and 575,000 new jobs. This report, for the first time, analyses progress across all 38 Opportunity Areas, identifying the challenges they face and offering solutions from business leaders who have a wealth of experience in bringing forward development on this scale.
Laying out new measures that could help solve the capital’s housing crisis. Co-authored with planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, the report shows that only 18 out of 33 London boroughs met or exceeded their annual targets between 2010 and 2013, dropping to only 12 out of 33 boroughs between 2003 and 2013.
New research from London First and PwC shows international students are a boon to the UK, bringing a net benefit of £2.3 billion to the UK economy from London universities alone.
The first analysis of the task ahead for the London Land Commission, assessing the opportunities and challenges facing the Commission in delivering much-needed housing in the capital.