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

December 2018

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the initial implementation of the Mayor of London’s 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for London seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates