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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Moving Out

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.