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Our thoughts, musings, findings and general writings in the context of our practice.

Journal

Our thoughts, musings, findings and general writings in the context of our practice.

LB Southwark convened the Southwark Land Commission to think about ways to democratise land use in the borough. This article reflects on supporting this process and considers the implications for other public bodies.

Democratising land for public good: reflections from the Southwark Land Commission

The Southwark Land Commission was brought together to think about ways to democratise land use in the borough. The Commission produced its final report with seven recommendations to free up land for public good.

Making Regeneration Regenerative

Retrofitting buildings has huge potential to decouple economic growth from resource depletion—and can generate substantial social and economic value.

The housing crisis in east London: evidence and recommendations for change

Waltham Forest has experienced dramatic demographic change in a decade with big implications for its housing market and the cost of living crisis.

Are high streets meeting Londoners’ needs?

Recasting the role of high streets as places that meet essential wellbeing and social needs can offset retail's weakening pull. We look at data to help identify high street mix and opportunity.

New approaches to data & evidence

Bad information begets bad planning and poor investment decisions. Learn about how we use evidence to get under the skin of places we work in and better understand local economic experience.

London, let’s talk dirty

We look at what the Environment Agency's Waste Flow Interrogator can tell us about how London's waste moves throughout the country—and what it means for circular economy.

Useful & free data tools for learning about London’s economy, development & communities

Learn about some of our favourite and most-used data and dashboards for learning about London.

Do we still need masterplans?

Masterplans often don't achieve the intended results. What can we do better so they deliver for people and planet?

Giving agency to London’s young people: Dispatches from Southwark

We reflect on engagement with young people as part of our work on the Southwark Land Commission.