A new report outlining the imperatives for London’s future success is published today. The Honor Chapman Report
: London 1991 – 2021 The Building of a World City, inspired by and dedicated to the late Honor Chapman, is published 20 years after the publication of its predecessor London: World City, a seminal report by the London Planning and Advisory Committee (LPAC), which was backed by London boroughs, business and government and for the first time ever benchmarked London against its major competitors.
The study, which contains views from around 100 leading thinkers about the future of cities into the second decade of the 21st century, aims to make a serious and timely contribution to the debate about London’s future at a critical juncture where the Mayoral election is decided and London, economically and socially has much to achieve over the next decade.
The Honor Chapman Report: London 1991 – 2021 The Building of a World City has been commissioned jointly by Great Portland Estates plc, Grosvenor, Jones Lang LaSalle, Land Securities and the London Communications Agency and has been researched and written by leading city expert Greg Clark.
Commenting on the report, Toby Courtauld, chief executive, Great Portland Estates plc, said; “London is truly a world city and we must keep it that way. The recommendations in this report will help us do just that.”
Peter Vernon, chief executive at Grosvenor, said; “Business and political leaders need to work together to make sure London remains one of the most attractive cities in the world in which to live, do business and enjoy as visitors. All the issues identified in the Honor Chapman Report need to be addressed – housing and air capacity should be near the top of the ‘to do’ list.”
Andrew Gould, Jones Lang LaSalle UK chief executive, said; “London is at a critical crossroads where its historic strengths and the progress of the past twenty years will not, on their own, be sufficient to guarantee its future success. New approaches are required and a period of innovation and ambition must now be activated.”
Robert Noel, chief executive, Land Securities, said; ““This is an incredibly exciting time for London. We’re seeing its population grow, the continuing arrival of overseas businesses and new developments taking shape alongside the existing architecture steeped in history. We must protect London’s global attraction to businesses and visitors, and we have a responsibility and a major role to play in ensuring London’s communities share in this success – be that through our buildings, new and improved infrastructure, social housing or by creating new employment and training opportunities.”
Robert Gordon Clark, Chairman of London Communications Agency, said; “We commend this report to the Mayor, the local authorities and government. The LPAC report was fundamental to London’s success over the last two decades. We hope that this report, in Honor’s memory, will do the same over the next twenty years and help ensure London retains its competitive edge – something which she cared about greatly.”
According to The Honor Chapman Report, there are several key imperatives London needs to address in order to maintain and secure its position as a 21st Century World City:
• A new vision and offer for London – a positioning strategy should be created to provide visibility and accessibility to the city’s diverse economy and top brands. The world should be reminded of London’s historic attributes.
• Jobs, income and employability – a programme should be built for new sectors in London to encourage investments and quickly give them scale. The welfare reform programme should be used to develop a new offer for London’s employers and unemployed based on flexible labour market entry.
• Infrastructure and airports – London’s political and business leaders must encourage infrastructure and aviation solutions that will address the city’s competitive needs. They must also be prepared to source innovative financial and engineering solutions.
• Business climate and openness – a programme of joint business climate monitoring between national government, the GLA and London business is required. This should assess the potential impact of future changes so that the consequences can be identified in advance.
• Housing – London needs a programme of innovative experimentation in all efforts to tackle the the housing crisis and to bring forward new supply. The Mayor should be supported to oversee a housing innovation programme to find new solutions.
• UK support for London’s global role – London’s leaders should engage in a practical programme of addressing how London can promote growth across the UK and how other UK cities can address London as an opportunity rather than a threat.
• City government powers and city-regional scale and solutions – a new deal for London should be negotiated alongside a new deal for the UK from London. This should focus on increasing London’s fiscal and financial freedoms whilst retaining its contribution to the UK tax base. A new Greater South East initiative is also required and should be led by a Cabinet Minister supported by the Mayor and country leaders.
• Make the most of East London – people and place – London’s business community should work with the Mayor, boroughs and other stakeholders to build a clear vision for East London that helps shape development and builds job and income growth opportunities.
Rosemary Feenan, director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Research team, concluded; “London’s leaders now need to re-commit to the quality of life in London, its ambition to succeed, and the confidence and intelligence with which it makes its case, national and globally. Just like Honor Chapman, combining insight with substantive endeavour, and tenacity, is the path for London for the next decade.”