Developing Trust – Conference report

This report summarises discussions at our conference on strengthening public participation in London’s planning system. It outlines the issues raised by attendees and highlights potential ways to move forward.

London needs to build, yet many new developments are controversial and run into community opposition – in relation to height, design quality, affordable housing provision, impact on local services and a host of other issues.

We brought together 237 community representatives, campaigners, developers, planners and politicians on Tuesday 16 July to discuss how we can address public concerns about new development, promote better practice by planners and developers, and foster more constructive relations overall.

This report summarises the discussions at this conference, outlining a wide range of lessons and potential ways to move forward.

It reports the range of participants’ views as accurately as possible, though quotes may be indicative rather than verbatim.


The Developing Trust conference was supported by Major Sponsors L&Q and Lendlease, Supporting Sponsors Commonplace, Grosvenor and the London Borough of Hounslow, Borough Partners Camden Council and Lambeth Council and Community Partners Civic Voice, Community Led Housing London, Create Streets and Neighbourhood Planners.London.