Policy Forum for London

Infrastructure in London and the South East - planning, investment and future-proofing

Morning, Thursday, 6th February 2020

Central London


This seminar will discuss the priorities for developing major infrastructure projects across London and the wider South East.

Sessions will be looking at:

  • What can be learned from current major projects;
  • Progress and remaining challenges for new large-scale developments; and
  • Key issues such as:
    • Planning;
    • engagement with partners and stakeholders;
    • funding options; and
    • the direction of  policy.

It takes place in the context of:

  • the National Infrastructure Strategy due later this year - which is expected to provide a roadmap for transport, housing, and investment tools for national infrastructure projects following the Government’s initial response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s assessment and recommendations;
  • the London Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy - which highlights the priorities for establishing long-term economic growth from infrastructure expansion, including upgrading the Capital’s road network and expanding South East and international connectivity; and
  • the £600m recently announced by the Chancellor for housing supply, with more than half going to London and the South East.

The agenda

  • Assessing current infrastructure needs and development going forward;
  • Current large-scale projects - delivery, and what London needs in the 2020-2024 term:
    • London’s water system - modernising infrastructure for delivery and waste, managing multi-site completion, and minimising disruption;
    • Port capacity for business and shipping - expansion, digitisation, connectivity, and facilities;
    • Realising the benefits of large-scale redevelopment projects - housing, commerce and public spaces; and
    • The Elizabeth Line - remaining challenges, and prospects for approving Crossrail 2.
  • Engagement with partners and stakeholders - business cases, project consent, and the potential role of land-value capture;
  • Funding priorities for London projects, and getting them beyond the approval stage; and
  • Future major projects - development, delivery and ensuring infrastructure capacity is fit for an expanding London;
    • Lower Thames Crossing - the business case and wider benefits for London;
    • Airport capacity in the South East - growth and latest thinking on managing the physical impact and stakeholder engagement challenges for Heathrow expansion; and
    • Road connectivity in Central London - and working with local authorities to overcome delivery barriers.
  • The next steps for expanding transport infrastructure across London.

Keynote Speaker

Jeremy Skinner

Interim Assistant Director, City Intelligence Unit, Greater London Authority


Gordon Adams

Head, Planning and Public Affairs, Battersea Power Station Development Company

Julie Davis

Land Use Planning Manager, Crossrail

Dr David Lutton

Director, Connectivity and Competitiveness, London First

Mark Baigent

Interim Divisional Director, Housing and Regeneration, Tower Hamlets Council

Alex Williams

Director, City Planning, Transport for London