Policy Forum for London

The future for housing and planning in London - the Mayor’s Housing Strategy, access to affordable housing and the impact of national policy

Morning, Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Central London


This timely conference will discuss the next steps for housing policy in London.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the initial implementation of the Mayor of London’s Draft Housing Strategy - which seeks to develop a new ‘London Model’ for renting and diversify the homebuilding industry, and establishes a £250m Land Fund for buying and preparing land for new and affordable housing - as well as further action that might be taken in this area going forward.

Delegates will also assess what more might be done to increase the amount of affordable housing coming through the planning system - focusing on key measures from the London Plan.

Further planned sessions will assess the likely impact of developments in national housing policy on London as a new Housing Minister is appointed - looking at priorities from the Social Housing Green Paper, expected to be published shortly; key themes emerging from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and the potential impact of the Tenants Fees Bill currently progressing through Parliament, which seeks to ban letting fees paid by tenants and to cap deposits.

Guest of Honour

James Clark

Head of Housing Strategy, Greater London Authority

Keynote Speaker

James Clark

Head of Housing Strategy, Greater London Authority


Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Member of Parliament for Tottenham

Tony Devenish AM

Member, Planning Committee, London Assembly


Paul Hackett

Chair, g15 and Chief Executive, Optivo

Jennifer Travassos

Head of Prevention & Commissioning, Westminster City Council and Member, No Nights Sleeping Rough Taskforce

Councillor Kim Taylor-Smith

Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Housing, Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council

Rhona Brown

Private Rented Sector Programme Manager, Greater London Authority

Barry Mortimer

Director, London, Federation of Master Builders

Kate Faulkner

Property Market Analyst and Commentator

Eloise Shepherd

Head, Housing and Planning, London Councils

Claire Dutch

Partner and Head of Planning, Hogan Lovells

Simon Gordon

Policy Adviser, Residential Landlords Association