High Streets Manifesto
Our report calling for changes to planning and development rules and cutting red tape to unlock the potential of the high street, and to support London’s start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Everything you need to know about build to rent in London — second edition
This report – the second edition – provides an updated overview of why build to rent is relevant to housing in London, the benefits it can bring, and an explanation of key issues that boroughs need to consider when thinking about build to rent in their local areas.
Hard Choices — How much should the nation spend on building new homes?
A £20 billion ‘brick wall’ stands in the way of the government’s ambition to deliver its promise of building 300,000 homes a year in England, according to a new report for London First by leading economics consultancy Volterra.
The new London Plan; a London First perspective
We have set out our recommendations for amendments and key changes to the Draft London Plan on a number of strategic and detailed policies; we believe these recommendations will enable the Plan to better achieve its strategic growth targets and to ultimately deliver more homes and jobs.
Everything you need to know about build to rent in London
This report provides an overview of why build to rent is relevant to London and the many housing challenges the city faces, the benefits that such development can bring such as helping to increase housing supply, and an explanation of key issues that boroughs will need to consider when thinking about build to rent schemes in their areas.
Fixing the Housing Crisis ‑Performance Indicators 2017
We commissioned Grant Thornton to produce baseline analysis, charting progress towards building the homes that Londoners need. This report captures the full picture of house building in the capital throughout 2017.
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.
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.
Estate Regeneration — more and better homes for London
The report considers what more can be done to support the physical regeneration process to help deliver, amongst other objectives, more new homes where this has been selected as the best option. It highlights three key issues that must be addressed to support a new wave of regeneration, setting out a series of key considerations on each.
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.
Redefining Density — building more and better homes for London
One of a series of reports looking in greater depth at the set of recommendations made in London First’s report, Home Truths. Redefining Density focuses on making better use of London’s land, with policies that enable more homes to be built in a given area to accommodate the city’s rising population.
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.
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.
This report outlines the findings of four YouGov surveys commissioned by Turner & Townsend and London First on the subject of housing to understand each group’s views about housing, the affects that housing has on each group, and the challenges that London faces in relation to housing.