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Peabody is a founding partner of a new social enterprise, Public Practice, which places planners within local government.

Public Practice bridges a widening skills gap between the public and private sectors, recognised as the primary barrier to delivering the quantity and quality of homes the country needs. It has been developed through the Mayor of London's 'Good Growth by Design' programme, in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders inside and outside London.

Bridging the skills gap

Today, almost half of local planning authorities have no dedicated in-house design capacity at all. 96% of London boroughs say they require more planning and place-shaping skills, but 100% have difficulty attracting appropriately qualified or skilled practitioners.

Public Practice is currently recruiting 16 outstanding planners, architects and urbanists for year-long placements in strategic roles within local authorities where they will receive industry-leading training and mentoring, and spend 10% of their time taking part in research and development which will be shared across the sector. In this way, authorities will access new talent and benefit from shared learning and research to help tackle the housing crisis and shape places for the public good

Our CEO Brendan Sarsfield, said: "Peabody is pleased to be a founding partner of Public Practice. This new partnership between the public and private sector is an important step forward in boosting the supply of top quality housing across all tenures.

"By sharing placemaking expertise and resources we can help create thriving communities where people want to live, with the proper planning of infrastructure, amenities, green space and community investment."

Other partners

The other five founding partners of Public Practice are:

  • The Mayor of London
  • Local Government Association
  • Future Cities Catapult
  • British Land
  • Berkeley Group

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "I set up the Good Growth by Design programme as a step towards realising my vision of London as a city that enables people to reach their full potential, is inclusive and where growth brings benefits to each and every community.

"Moving away from high-price homes towards more genuinely affordable homes for all Londoners is vital to achieving this and I look forward to seeing the first of many cohorts of talented planners and architects working in local authorities to help make that happen."

Public Practice will initially operate across London and the South East before potentially scaling nationally. Further details can be found on the Public Practice website.