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.
Homes for voters- a people poll in the build up to local elections 2018
In March 2018, London First and Grosvenor commissioned YouGov to survey Londoners and Councillors in London on their views about housing, particularly in relation to the local elections in May 2018. We summarise the key highlights of the survey here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.