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


The seminar 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, diversify the homebuilding industry, and establish 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. This follows calls from the Communities Secretary for a revised plan that meets London’s housing needs, achieves home building targets and is consistent with national policy.

Planned sessions will examine the likely impact of developments in national housing policy on the capital as the Government announces plans to lift the cap on councils borrowing to build new homes, investment in a £1.3bn Land Assembly Fund, £630m for a Small Sites Fund to address barriers to building and release land to deliver new homes, and £2bn in new funding to housing associations.

The seminar also follows the recent release of the Government’s rough sleeping strategy - including aims to end rough sleeping by 2027 - and Social Housing Green Paper - which includes plans to give tenants more support and speed up the complaints procedure.

Attendees will also discuss the impact of a new Housing Minister with strong connections to London - looking at key themes emerging from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and the potential impact of the Tenant Fees Bill currently progressing through Parliament - which seeks to ban letting fees paid by tenants and to cap deposits - will also be discussed.

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

Ed Green

Acting Head of London Residential Research, Savills

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