Seizing the Opportunities- a new approach for transforming London
We have brought together practitioners and consulted widely to consider why London has struggled to transform many of its Opportunity Areas and similar locations into productive places. We identify what is needed to help accelerate progress to create great places to live and work, at pace, volume, quality and affordability for the long-term success of London.
Not just a pretty place — placemaking study 2017
Successful development is not simply a matter of building more homes and offices, and regeneration cannot be best imposed from above. This placemaking study summarises the views of London’s business community, in a series of recommendations based on collective experience and case studies.
Securing UK Borders
This second report in the series focuses on the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK’s borders. For effective management, there is a need to balance the desire for secure borders against making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur. The report considers how this can be done in a post-Brexit world.
Unlocking London’s Residential Density
Exploring how a new approach to daylight and sunlight guidance for dense urban environments is one of the key components to achieving a significant
increase in housing and maintaining good quality amenity.
Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy
A first of its kind analysis of the role of migration on London’s economy published by London First and PwC. ‘Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy’ draws on a comprehensive range of information, including detailed ONS Labour Force Survey data.
London 2036: A new agenda for jobs and growth: In the context of huge political and economic changes, we analyse new data and provide fresh insights on: access to global talent, building on our strengths in tech and innovation and addressing gaps in infrastructure and housing.
London 2026 — the capital’s place in the UK economy
This report takes an optimistic look ahead at London’s future; if we get the industrial policies right we can continue to create high skilled jobs at the rate we were before Brexit. It explores what that future will look like in order to better prepare for it, playing into the government’s industrial strategy.
Homes for Londoners- a blueprint for the Mayor
The Mayor’s Homes for Londoner’s initiative can enable the GLA to shift from setting policies and distributing limited government money, into an organisation that pushes, and where necessary intervenes, to drive the delivery of more homes. This report sets out a blueprint for what HfL should concentrate on, from the perspective of London business.
A chief digital officer for London
London First and Centre for London, working closely with Bloomberg Associates, and in consultation with a wide range of business interests have produced this report to look in more detail at how the role of Chief Digital Officer might support growth in London.
The Offsite Rule- delivering more affordable housing in London
This report explores the challenge of increasing the consistency and transparency of the planning
process in relation to affordable housing, to help build more homes.
Carrots and Sticks — a targets and incentives approach to building more homes
This report follows on from our Home Truths report. It focuses on the practicalities of taking forward a central recommendation – how to introduce an effective system of “targets and incentives” to support more housebuilding.
London Calling- the contribution of international students to UK growth
By quantifying the impact of international students, we hope that this report will help politicians and policymakers maximise the contribution that universities and their students make to both London’s and the UK’s economic success.
From Wasted Space to Living Place
This paper focuses on the last recommendation set out our Home Truths report: how to make better use of surplus public land to get more homes built. Government should empower the Mayor to identify publicly owned sites in London that are surplus to the public sector’s operational needs; and the Mayor should act as the disposing agent for these sites.
Jams Today, Jams Tomorrow
The introduction of a Congestion Zone in 2003 offered a brief respite for the very centre of the city. This report calls on the Mayor to champion more effective management of demand — and that will mean moving to a more sophisticated system of congestion charging in the capital.
The Green Belt- a place for Londoners?
Land in the Green Belt covers a range of uses and is of variable quality from beautiful parks to derelict buildings on wasteland. This report proposes that local planning authorities should be encouraged to review their Green Belt and consider how the land within it that is of poor environmental quality, of little or no public benefit and has good connectivity could be re-designated for high quality, well-designed residential development that incorporates truly accessible public green space.
Home Truths- 12 steps to solving London’s housing crisis
This report is the work of a group of London First members from across the housing supply chain, working to identify the reasons why London is building too few homes and produce solutions to resolve the issue.
London FinTech and the EU
Pre-referendum, we spoke to some of the UK’s top FinTech companies to better understand the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the capital’s FinTech sector. The report has been supported by KPMG.