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Left: The Feel Good Leisure Centre has received £26 million of investment and features a 25-metre competition pool.

+ In Waltham Forest, our communities remain very diverse and we have a great sense of community spirit + It’s fair to say we are not finding it difficult to get partners: they are very eager to invest in Waltham Forest. The quality of developers who want to work in the borough has risen over the last four years.

We want to avoid bad design. We want active frontages.

Gentrification: can there be an upside to this sort of change and if so, what are the benefits? Gentrification is a massive challenge for London. It’s determined by people who own their own homes deciding to sell to the highest bidder. That’s the private housing model that exists in this country. The question is: how do we enable people to become homeowners or live in good quality, private rented accommodation? This is about our landlord licensing scheme and seeking to work with developers who have a social conscience. In Waltham Forest, our communities remain very diverse and we have a great sense of community spirit and of people coming together.

Yes, there’s been mistakes made in the past: I don’t think there is a London borough that doesn’t have instances of developments it isn’t 100% pleased with. It’s about how we make the most of the opportunities. RICHARD UPTON, DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, U+I How can private sector objectives be tailored to prioritise development to benefit communities? The private sector needs to excite people with the prospect of change and hope, rather than change and hate. Property developers need to realise that their reputation will change for the better if the places we create do too. At U+I, when we are developing a scheme, we are constantly looking at the local community and asking ourselves: what’s missing? How might we

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Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.

Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.