You are invited to participate in an early evening Policy Forum at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Monday 20th June 2016 on the topic of London’s housing crisis. The evening will bring together professionals across relevant sectors, spanning practitioner, policy and research communities. The evening begins with an expert panel discussion and audience Q & A from 5.30pm until 7.15pm, followed by networking drinks. The theme is:
Affordable, timely and sustainable housing for London’s workforce:
Seeking common ground?
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 and current Greater London Authority initiatives will, at best, only partially address the substantial need for genuinely affordable, timely and sustainable housing – for rent and for purchase – for London’s workforce now, and in the future. The new Mayor, Local Authorities and the government will continue to face significant challenges for many years.
Chaired by leading geographer, Professor Chris Hamnett, King’s College London, the Policy Forum will hear from a panel of experts in the housing sector: Nick Raynsford, former MP and Minister with responsibilities including housing, planning, construction and London; Barney Stringer, Director at Quod; architect Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and of the Good Homes Alliance, and Professor Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics.
The panel will consider the realistic potential to meet London’s housing demand, in terms of:
- How – the capacity to build at the required volume;
- Where – the locational opportunities, constraints and possible priorities;
- With due environmental care – can affordable growth be accommodated sustainably and with good quality design?
- Can we identify common ground and what are the implications?
The Forum is an integral part of the Society’s activities as the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. Its purposes are to convene and stimulate thoughtful and evidence-led discussion, from different perspectives, on matters that have strong geographical dimensions; to brief policy makers where appropriate; and to promote networking. The Policy Forum is part of the 21st Century Challenges programme of policy and public events.
We hope that you are able to join us for what promises to be a well-informed and lively discussion in the face of a new leader for London and legislation change.