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CLLR DARREN RODWELL, LONDON COUNCILS London is a city of boundless creative energy that offers its citizens and businesses opportunities to pursue their dreams. Its open, dynamic culture gives everyone the chance to be who they want to be. London provides access and connections to everything that people need to grow, either personally or professionally.


Darren Rodwell Executive member for city development darren.rodwell


London, and Londoners, love a challenge. Today, our key challenges are how to provide good, affordable housing for London’s people and ensure sustainable economic growth for the future. We are determined to meet these challenges with the creative energy this city is famous for. The diversity of London’s many neighbourhoods is a significant strength that enables the capital to create new solutions to new challenges. The 32 borough councils and the City of London play a key part in that diversity, representing communities and developing places that stretch from dense and vibrant inner city areas to major industrial estates and open green spaces. The councils are also responsible for taking the majority of planning decisions in the capital within the strategy set by the mayor of London. This has ensured that London has

continued to treasure its architectural heritage and celebrated attractions while developing some of the world’s most iconic modern architecture. At the same time it is constantly developing and improving its infrastructure to make it fit for a global city. This guide brings together the key opportunities for development across all of London’s boroughs. Each council’s entry contains an outline of major opportunities; some key distinguishing points about the borough, from excellent education to enterprise and culture; and, most importantly, a key contact who will be someone you can do business with. In the future, we intend to create an online version of the brochure to provide an instant digest of who’s who in the boroughs when you want to talk business. London is not just a great place, it’s 33 great places and more.

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CATHERINE McGUINNESS, CITY OF LONDON The City of London Corporation is delighted to support this London Councils guide to the city of opportunity. This guide describes the opportunities for development across the City of London and each of the 32 boroughs of London, each of which has its own distinctive character.


Catherine McGuinness Chairman of policy and resources catherine.mcguinness

What unites us is the determination to work together to ensure that London remains one of the world’s greatest cities. London is a global business hub, home to world leading clusters of expertise in financial and professional services, the creative industries and tech. One-and-a-half per cent of the total UK workforce is employed in the City and the Square Mile, which is home to the UK’s financial services sector. As well as the City, hundreds of thousands work in Canary Wharf and the West End. London is a leading cultural centre, one of the key attributes that makes London such a great city for residents, workers and visitors. Creative industries and culture thrive across all 32 boroughs. In the City, the Culture Mile initiative will bring in more people to the great cultural institutions while more and more of our new buildings are publicly accessible and

inclusive to visitors. Next door, the West End continues to be home to some of the best theatre in the world. London is developing all the time. Transport infrastructure and connectivity in London is being revolutionised by the new Elizabeth line. For the City, this will bring an additional 1.5million people within 45 minutes of visiting and drastically reduce journey times to airports. Across London as a whole, it will be the biggest expansion in railway capacity since 1945 and open up new direct routes between the east and west of the capital. High Speed Two will improve London’s transport connections with other cities while a new runway at Heathrow will boost the capacity of the world’s busiest city airport network. London is a city of opportunity, and those opportunities are about to get even better. That is what this guide is all about.



Move to Barking not Berlin: Barking and Dagenham Council’s message couldn’t be clearer, as creative companies assembling in the borough lead the cultural charge. Added to plans for 50,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs by 2035, Barking and Dagenham is London’s Growth Opportunity.

INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure is vital to unlocking new developments and job opportunities and Barking and Dagenham has several in the pipeline. Coming on track soon is the extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line to Barking Riverside. Also coming to Barking Riverside, dubbed ‘Barcelona on Thames’, will be a new Thames Clipper service. And further east there will be a new c2c station at the Beam Park development in Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham’s outstanding connectivity is also enhanced with Crossrail at Chadwell Heath, adding to the Hammersmith and City and District tube lines running through London’s growth borough.



Cllr Darren Rodwell Council leader Barking and Dagenham


The masterplan at Barking Riverside on a 180-ha brownfield site to the northern banks of the River Thames, accounts for a significant chunk of some 50,000 homes the council is planning to build in the borough over the next 20 years. With the council’s own housing company, Barking and Dagenham Reside and recently established regeneration company, Be First, the mechanisms for housing delivery are in place. With scope for 5,000 homes at

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Beam Park and the proposed tunnelling of the A13 opening opportunities for further homes, the borough’s residential offer will contribute significantly to helping resolve London’s housing crisis.

EDUCATION There are seven infant schools, seven junior schools, 35 primary schools, two ‘all through’ schools, nine secondary schools, one secondary tuition centre (referral unit) and one special school serving the community in Barking and Dagenham. With further education facilities such as Barking and Dagenham College and Coventry University’s London campus offering vocational and academic paths helping the borough’s young people into employment, Barking and Dagenham is a borough backing its future generations.

EMPLOYMENT Ambitious plans are in place to create 20,000 jobs in Barking and Dagenham by 2035, boosted by the creation of cultural hubs such as the Ice House Quarter. With colleges and employers working together to create apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities, and swathes of land open to development potentially creating thousands more jobs, the target is set high for a reason. As council leader Darren Rodwell puts it: “you can’t achieve anything without ambition”.

CULTURE AND ART Concentrated around Barking town centre and the Ice House Quarter on the River Roding, artists, designers and makers are being attracted in droves. Expanding facilities make them come and great support networks persuade them to stay. Working with a host of impressive partners and backed to the tune of £250,000 by the mayor of London, Barking and Dagenham Council’s proposal for the capital’s first Artist Enterprise Zone will help keep artists in London, providing new outlets and opportunities for their talents. Barking and Dagenham is no doubt a hotspot for London’s burgeoning cultural sector.



The council, through Be First, intends to oversee the building of 50,000 homes, with nearly 11,000 at Barking Riverside (above), during the next 20 years and is looking for private sector partners. For more information, please visit

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + VICARAGE FIELD SHOPPING CENTRE Outline planning permission has been granted to redevelop Vicarage Field shopping centre site, which sits on more than two hectares between Barking station and the town centre. The proposals will play a significant role in securing the future of the town centre, helping to drive further investment to the borough by delivering a number of key benefits, including around 900 homes.

+ FRESH WHARF Fresh Wharf estate is located on a 6.87-ha former brownfield industrial site in Barking. Part of the site has planning permission for a new residential scheme. Fresh Wharf has good transport links, including to the North Circular, and is home to a mix of local and national businesses.



Barnet Council’s programme of regeneration and development, Delivering for Barnet, explodes a popular myth about housing growth in London: that ‘outer London isn’t delivering’. The programme includes seven major regeneration schemes and will see 27,000 new homes built by 2025, create 30,000 jobs and provide the investment needed to stimulate thriving communities.


Regeneration Service Barnet Council


INFRASTRUCTURE Our most high-profile project, Brent Cross Cricklewood, will see three major schemes delivered, including the redevelopment and expansion of the iconic Brent Cross Shopping Centre, where we will deliver critical infrastructure to support a new town centre, including major road improvement schemes, new pedestrian and cycle routes and an enlarged bus station. At Brent Cross South our approach revolves around creating a great place for people of all ages, which will include substantial residential and office space. Finally, the Thameslink Station Quarter will see an additional station, brought forward several years to unlock the entire Brent Cross project, connecting the area to St Pancras in less than fifteen minutes. We know that communities need well designed and integrated infrastructure and facilities to thrive. The programme to date has already delivered a new college in Colindale,

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schools, community spaces including the award-winning One Stonegrove, libraries, transport improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and green space enhancements, with more still to come. The regeneration of Colindale will be supported by a new neighbourhood centre with major infrastructure improvements, a newly built college campus, community health facilities, replacement library, tube station, and community centre, high quality public open space and new council offices. Elsewhere, ÂŁ41.5 million is being invested in two new state-of-the art leisure centres and, working in partnership with Onside, a new YouthZone in Burnt Oak will bring much needed facilities for young people.

HOUSING Barnet already has the biggest population of any London borough. To meet demand for high quality places to live, we have delivered over 6,000 homes in award-winning schemes including Dollis Valley, West Hendon, Mill Hill East, Stonegrove and Colindale, with a further 14,000 in the pipeline. A further 7,500 homes will be delivered at Brent Cross Cricklewood. Going forward, we want to involve local communities more fully in the design of new places. A good example is our innovative and collaborative approach to the regeneration of the Fosters Estates in Hendon. Here a community co-design model is developing the masterplan alongside estate residents, neighbours and local community stakeholders. Existing homes will be retained as far as possible and currently under-used land will be optimised to develop additional units. The Delivering for Barnet programme shows that outer London can continue to play a major role in meeting London’s housing challenge. It will create better places to live while focusing on protecting and enhancing the things our residents love about the borough for future generations.

doing more to support residents to access employment and skills training, getting more local people into work. Entrepreneurial Barnet is our approach to making the borough the best place to be a small business in London, and ensuring that it is a great place to live, work and invest. It works across five key themes: getting the basics right; a great place to live, work and invest; skilled employees and entrepreneurs; access to markets; and business growth. Regional Enterprise Limited (RE) works to deliver the jobs, skills and growth ambitions of Entrepreneurial Barnet through our Growth and Regeneration Programme. To achieve this ambition, RE works closely with other organisations such as Cambridge Education, Capita and The Barnet Group. Work with development partners and other public sector bodies is also essential.

EMPLOYMENT We’re also helping to create thousands of new jobs - as many as 30,000 during the regeneration programme and beyond - and


BEXLEY We offer both the opportunities and convenience you would expect in one of the world’s greatest cities, combined with the green and open spaces that set Bexley apart from more urban areas. CONNECTIVITY Situated on the south-east edge of London on the River Thames, Bexley is the capital’s gateway to Europe. The borough has good connections to the nearby M25, A2 and M20 and easy access to City Airport and Gatwick. Three rail lines link the north, centre and south of the borough to central London stations in 20 to 30 minutes. Rail travel will become even easier when services on the new Elizabeth line start later this year. This will bring Abbey Wood within 11 minutes of Canary Wharf, with a direct line to the West End, Heathrow airport and west London. The council is campaigning with a range of partners for the extension of Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet, as it was originally planned, which will open up a wide range of exciting new development opportunities for the area.



Rod Lean Head of economic development London Borough of Bexley


Bexley’s riverside stretches eight kilometres along the south bank of the Thames between Greenwich and Kent. It is one of the largest under-used industrial areas in London and provides one of the most significant development opportunities in the capital. Our new Growth Strategy sets out a realistic plan that could see the construction of more than 30,000 new homes, primarily in the north of the borough in quality new communities that reflect Bexley’s character and traditional appeal. Our new development company, BexleyCo, will play an important role in

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delivering growth, both as a developer in its own right and as a partner with others.

ART AND CULTURE Bexley has a wealth of cultural assets, from the Tudor magnificence of Hall Place & Gardens and the Victorian splendour of Crossness Engines, to the intriguing gem of Red House, William Morris’s beloved Arts and Crafts home. These and other venues engender arts and creativity that is firmly anchored in a sense of place. The borough is also home to two internationally recognised arts institutions: Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is an international, drama school and a top higher education institution for theatre training, while Bird College is a higher and further education centre of excellence, with an international reputation in dance and theatre performance. Culture and the creative arts form a key part of our plans for the future, including a new theatre and technical innovation hub centred around new studios in Sidcup and a theatre production and making hub in Erith.

EMPLOYMENT The borough has a long and proud history of manufacturing which, combined with its strategic position and excellent transport connections, makes it the ideal location for a wide range of businesses. Our growth strategy includes plans for the creation of more than 17,000 new jobs. The council is working hard to promote Bexley as a location for new and growing enterprises, including those that are part of the maker movement. It is working to establish large scale technical facilities to support London’s booming theatre and cultural industries, linked to Bird College and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the south of the borough. Bexley is also developing a unique Place & Making Institute in Thamesmead with Peabody and London South East Colleges to help tackle the increasingly serious skills shortage that is challenging plans for growth and development in the south east, particularly in London.

ENVIRONMENT Bexley benefits from more than 100 green spaces and parks that are much prized by local people. They range from river and canalside walks to small and large parks that offer a wide range of leisure and sporting opportunities. These include Danson Park – winner on several occasions of the award for London’s Best Park – Footscray Meadows, Hall Place & Gardens and Lesnes Abbey Wood. Together with the waterways that cross the borough, they offer the chance of peace and tranquillity that is rare so close to the heart of a global city.





Cranes dotting the skyline, hard hats and hi-vis jackets, and the sound of construction sites have all been commonplace in Brent over the past five years... and there’s more still to do.




Amar Dave Strategic director regeneration and environment


Served by the Metropolitan, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Piccadilly London Underground lines and national rail services, Brent is an extremely well connected borough. Tying in with Old Oak Common and Park Royal regeneration proposals, feasibility studies into a West London orbital railway have been carried out, proposing a line to link south-west London and north London via Brent. With the A406 North Circular road running through the heart of the borough and the M1 and M4 just a short distance away, the borough also boasts excellent links by road to the rest of London and the UK, with the soon-to-be expanded Heathrow airport also only a short 30-minute drive away, connecting Brent to the rest of the world.

Cranes dotting the skyline, the sight of hard hats and hi-vis jackets, and the sound of construction sites have all been commonplace

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in Brent over the past five years. In that time, Brent Council has on average given planning permission to more than 2,000 homes every year, with nearly 1,700 completed annually. There were 2,666 new homes built in Brent last year, including many student homes for nearby university campuses. Although Brent’s figures for housebuilding are among the highest in London, there is still much more to do to meet the ever-growing demand for homes.



Surrounding the national stadium, Wembley Park is one of the larger new developments in the capital, with 11,000 new homes being built, of which over 33% are affordable. Quintain, the developer that owns the land around Wembley Stadium, is using a private rented sector model to rapidly bring forward development of the new homes.


EDUCATION Brent has 95 schools, 96% of which are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog. Recent figures show that students in Brent make better progress in secondary schools between the ages of 11 and 16 than the national average, helping them to secure the best start in life possible, as well as a route into further education, training or employment.

ART AND CULTURE Legends of rock ‘n roll, reggae, literature and the people of Brent were all recognised in Brent’s successful bid to become the London Borough of Culture in 2020. The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, The Who’s Keith Moon, reggae legend Bob Marley, authors Zadie Smith and Mark Twain, Hollywood actors Riz Ahmed, Idris Elba and Sienna Miller, pop stars Rita Ora and Paloma Faith, and England and Manchester City footballer Raheem Stirling are just some of the stars who have connections to the borough. It boasts the iconic views of Wembley Stadium, Neasden Temple, Harlesden’s clock, the Ace Café in Stonebridge and Kilburn’s Grade IIlisted Gaumont State Cinema building. It is also home to the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, one of London’s leading venues for emerging arts. The borough’s cultural identity is very much one of an international meeting place and destination of opportunity, a place where people of Irish, Asian and Afro-Caribbean descent, and from other global communities, have come to make the borough their home and set a course for a new future.

Located in the south of the borough and crossing into neighbouring Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, the Old Oak Common and Park Royal area is the UK’s largest development project. The 640-acre site will be transformed to create thousands of new homes and jobs, as well as a new ‘transport super-hub’, where High Speed 2 meets the Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail), creating superfast links in and out of the area and across the country.

+ SOUTH KILBURN REGENERATION AREA The South Kilburn masterplan aims to deliver nearly 3,000 new homes and create better open spaces (below) and jobs for local people. Parts of the scheme that are already completed – such as Ely Court, the Peel Development, Cullen House and Woodhouse Urban Park – have received acclaim, scooping awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, as well as other organisations.



Bromley is London’s largest borough, occupying a strategic position in the south east of the capital, with a mix of rural areas, leafy suburbs and urban centres. A strong local economy underpins the high quality of life which characterises the borough. Business owners and managers appreciate the borough’s excellent transport links, the availability of skilled staff, low crime levels and green surroundings. Bromley enjoys all the benefits of being on the border with Kent, and is less than 30 minutes from central London by rail.

GROWTH The borough’s draft Local Plan, which is currently being reviewed by the Secretary of State planning inspectorate, sets out an ambitious vision for growth over the next 15 years. In Bromley town centre this will add to the significant investment already taken place, such as the U+I St Mark’s Square development comprising a nine-screen multiplex cinema, 200 apartments, hotel, restaurants, and a public square. The plan also provides a framework for employment growth at Biggin Hill, which was designated a Strategic Outer London Development Centre, and the Cray Industrial Corridor. At Biggin Hill airport, there are ambitious plans for employment opportunities linked to its development as London’s premier business airport. This will include the provision of London’s first dedicated aerospace and technology college, run by South East London Colleges.


Kevin Munnelly Head of renewal


HOUSING Around 72% local homes are owner occupied and there is also a buoyant rental market.

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In 2017, Bromley added 858 new homes, which is 133% above the London Plan target. Sustainable housing delivery is an important strategic objective for the council. The Local Plan identifies a range of development opportunities which the council will seek to realise. To achieve this objective the council has recently entered an agreement with developer Countryside to deliver the next phase of development in Bromley town centre, comprising 411 apartments. Over the next 10 years it will seek to bring forward a further 1,000 homes to the town centre.

EDUCATION Bromley has a great reputation for schools, with 74 primary schools and 18 secondary schools: 10 secondary schools with more than 70% of pupils achieving at least five A* GCSEs. In 2017, almost three-quarters of Bromley’s secondary schools were judged ‘above average’ or ‘well-above average’ with a significant proportion of the remainder judged on a par with other such schools nationally. In addition, the borough hosts the hub of South East London College with campuses in Bromley and Orpington, and is responsible for the Greenwich and Bexley sites.

and a dedicated team. The museum will open to visitors in November this year. For more information vist:

BROMLEY WELCOMES NEW BUSINESSES Bromley Council is willing to listen to new proposals and work with businesses, investors and developers to get the best quality developments that will serve the borough’s residents and employers.



Old Town Hall; Civic Centre site; future phases of Opportunity Site G; Bromley North and Bromley South Stations; and Hill multistorey car park.


QUALITY OF LIFE ‘Green and clean’ has long been the borough’s mantra. Bromley, in conjunction with the Greater London Authority, is currently undertaking a major regeneration of Crystal Palace Park. This multimillion pound investment will restore many of the features of Joseph Paxton’s original design and create a legacy that will secure its future for the enjoyment of Londoners for years to come. The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will tell the story of Britain’s most famous fighter plane station, in particular its role during the second world war; and provide a sustainable future for St. George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, commissioned by Winston Churchill in 1951. It will fulfil a longstanding wish to honour those who served there and the community that supported them. For the first time, everything is in place to bring this to fruition: funding, land ownership, planning permission



Camden is the ‘Best Place to do Business’: as the fifth largest local authority economy in the UK, it is home to 11 universities, nine hospitals, three mainline stations, the British Museum and the British Library. This world-leading institutional offer makes it unrivalled as the place to grow the knowledge economy.

EMPLOYMENT In planning for over 700,000sq m of new office floorspace, primarily in King’s Cross and Euston, Camden aims to strengthen its economy while reducing inequalities within the borough. Camden has a thriving knowledge economy, with world-class institutions in science and creative industries, and has been identified in research by MedCity as the single most attractive site for research-intensive companies in the UK. What drives that interest is the unique and growing convergence of biotechnology, health research and funding agencies, and data analytics in and around King’s Cross and Euston. This strength of place is embodied by the Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 92 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations all within a mile radius of King’s Cross. The overall vision is for a world-class knowledge hub for the 21st century, raising awareness and leveraged support for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange.


David Joyce Director of regeneration and planning


The dramatic renewal of this two-station transport hub kick-started the regeneration of King’s Cross Central, 67 acres (27 ha) of old railway and industrial land being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living,

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working, learning and play. Attracting the University of the Arts and leading global tech, media and creative companies has been important to its success. The neighbourhood is being built around a framework of public realm, with new squares and parks making up some 40% of area and supported by a vibrant programme of events and art projects that have helped to make it a key destination for visitors to London. It is the best-connected part of London with six tube lines, two mainline stations, Eurostar and direct links to London’s main airports.

HOUSING Housing, and particularly affordable housing, is a key priority for Camden with an aspiration to give everyone the chance to live in a decent home at an affordable price in a community they want to live in. Camden’s newly adopted local plan sets a challenging target of 16,800 homes in a built-up borough where more than 50% is conservation area. The community investment programme (CIP) is Camden’s ambitious 15-year plan to invest over £1 billion into homes, schools and community facilities. To date, the CIP has built 664 homes, of which 308 are affordable, invested £89 million into schools and children’s centres and provided 1,416sq m of community facilities.

INFRASTRUCTURE Camden benefits from excellent transport provision and accessibility locally, nationally and internationally. When the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station opens in 2019 it will be busier than Heathrow Airport. Responding to this influx of people, the £35million West End project will radically improve the public realm at Tottenham Court Road, St Giles Circus, Euston Circus and Gower Street. Replacing the one-way system, the area will be safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new tree-lined streets and public spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy. Another key priority for the borough is to secure the best outcome for Euston station and the surrounding area because of plans for HS2, and station redevelopment (see panel).



Euston is changing. With plans for HS2, the redevelopment of the existing station, Crossrail 2 and London Underground, there is an opportunity to create a new piece of city, maximising opportunities for new homes, jobs and open space. New routes could be created through and around the station, linking Euston into surrounding areas and communities. The Euston Area Plan was adopted in January 2015 and a planning brief for the station area is being produced, which will set out detailed guidance for the design of the emerging stations and related over-site development.


On the doorstep of King’s Cross, Camley Street and surrounding neighbourhoods are going to see some significant changes in the next few years. The council has a major interest in the success of this area. The adopted local plan identifies it as an area of expected growth for which Camden will produce a framework to ensure that change takes place in an integrated and sustainable way to create a better connected and distinctive urban neighbourhood.




Combining a global business hub with world-class culture and a vibrant leisure offering, the City of London is a world of opportunity in one Square Mile. INFRASTRUCTURE


Simon McGinn City property advisory team manager City of London simon.mcginn@


Already home to many of London’s most iconic buildings, the City skyline is set to change further. With 13 new schemes approved, under construction or due to start in its eastern cluster, over 1.35 million sq m of new office space will soon be delivered in the City, with potential to accommodate 85,000 more workers. Alongside landmark towers, the City also offers plenty of smaller and more affordable spaces, from serviced offices to collaborative and flexible workspaces. There are investment and location opportunities whatever the scale of your ambition.

CONNECTIVITY Already the best-connected area of London, Crossrail’s new Elizabeth line will stop at Farringdon and Liverpool Street from December 2018, making it even easier

travel to and from the City. Around 1.5 million additional visitors a year will be within a 45-minute journey of the area in December 2019. Farringdon, on the City borders, will have direct access to three major London airports, with Heathrow just 30 minutes away. It will be the only place where London Underground, Thameslink and Crossrail all interlink and create one of the busiest stations in the UK, making the City more connected than ever to London and further afield. One of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London has transformed the City: a pioneering, free, gigabit wifi network offers workers, residents and visitors unparalleled user speeds ranging from 50 to 180 megabits per second. People will enjoy high speed and seamless coverage throughout the Square Mile - something never before seen in London.

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EMPLOYMENT The City is where London comes to work: just over a single square mile is home to 483,000 jobs, which is nine per cent of London’s workforce. A 36% increase in jobs over the last six years demonstrates the City’s strong pattern of growth. While the traditional sectors of financial, professional and business services are still the largest, and continue to drive growth, sectors such as tech and media, and growing numbers of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are making their home here.

ART AND CULTURE ‘Culture Mile’ is ambitious and transformational and will create a vibrant cultural destination for arts and culture in the north-west corner of the City over the next 10 to 15 years. Stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate, Culture Mile will foster creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best cultural attractions. The multimillion pound initiative will transform the area with imaginative partnerships, outdoor programming and events seven days a week. Better links between venues and major enhancements to the streets and public spaces will enliven the area, which will benefit as Culture Mile expands and flourishes.

ENTERPRISE With some 24,420 firms, 99% of which are SMEs, the City of London is a dynamic environment for businesses. There are more than 1,200 new start-ups each year and around the same number make the move into the City. The right office space at competitive prices can be found, whatever their needs. Locating in the Square Mile’s dense cluster of firms brings companies close to customers and suppliers, with more than two thirds of SMEs selling to other City businesses. Research shows that SMEs here overwhelmingly agree that the central location helps attract the talented staff they need.



Around 60% of the City’s growth is expected to be delivered in the eastern cluster, which is the location of many of the landmark tall towers due for completion in the next decade.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + CULTURE MILE Culture Mile will bring significant change over the next decade and a half in the north-western part of the City, from Farringdon to Moorgate. Opportunities will arise with the moving of the Museum of London to West Smithfield, the proposed development of a multimillion pound Centre for Music potentially on the current museum site, and the total regeneration of the Beech Street area.

+ RETAIL AND LEISURE Across the City the mix of retail and leisure spaces, alongside offices, is becoming richer. This is set to continue the recent trend that, together with the arts and culture scene, has made the City a vibrant and diverse 24/7 destination, as well as an inviting place to work.



Croydon is redefining life on the edge of London. Just 15 minutes from both central London and Gatwick Airport, and where the city meets the country, the borough is a hotspot of business growth and tech innovation. Confidence in Croydon has never been stronger: its £5.25 billion regeneration programme is the largest in London and is expected to create 23,594 new jobs and over 10,000 new homes.


Shifa Mustafa Executive director of place Croydon Council


ART AND CULTURE Culture is at the heart of regeneration in Croydon. The area has energy and attitude in its statement street art, 1960s acclaimed town centre architecture and its punk history. It also enjoys world-class choral performances at Croydon Minster, a range of festivals, beautiful parks and woodland. A £30 million makeover of Croydon’s muchloved Fairfield Halls, due to complete in late 2018, will be part of a vibrant new cultural quarter to include a stunning art gallery and niche retail. Just five minutes from East Croydon station, they will create a landmark destination for the arts in south London. The place for foodies, Croydon’s many eateries serve up dishes to tempt every palate, from the traditional London atmosphere of Surrey Street Market, dating back to 1276, to the popular Boxpark Croydon, which opened in 2016, offering a range of bars and stalls along with over 200 events each year.

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The proposed £1.4 billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre will bring over 300 shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, including a multi-screen cinema and bowling alley, and make Croydon a world-class shopping destination. The scheme by Croydon Partnership – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson – is due to begin in 2019 and will bring up to 7,000 jobs and 1,000 new homes.

INFRASTRUCTURE A partnership between Croydon Council, central government, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London is providing the infrastructure needed to support the extensive growth taking place in the area. Investment of £520 million will fund almost 50 essential projects, including transport, schools and community facilities, making sure the town centre continues to be a place that works for people. An ambitious Smart City programme will make the best use of technology to develop solutions that make Croydon a thriving city as it continues to grow.

CONNECTIVITY Croydon really does have the best of both worlds. Home to one of the busiest train stations in London, East Croydon station serves over 30,000 travellers each year with fast transport links to central London, Brighton and the south coast. The council continues to campaign for vital upgrades to train lines that connect Croydon to London and the south. Improvements would increase the number of trains into central London per hour and deliver a new station for central Croydon.

HOUSING Croydon’s Local Plan sets ambitious targets for at least 32,880 new homes between 2016 and 2036, 40% of which are to be affordable and 30% to have three or more bedrooms to meet family needs. The council has set up its own development company, Brick by Brick, to deliver 1,000 new high quality homes by 2019. This private, independent, award-winning company is

delivering residential-led development on a range of sites, ensuring people in Croydon have access to affordable housing.

ENTERPRISE Croydon is London’s fastest growing tech hub and, with a 9.3% annual business growth rate is the UK’s fastest growing economy. It is now home to more than a thousand digital, engineering and creative companies, and major new employers including The Body Shop, HMRC and EDF Energy have brought thousands of jobs to the borough. Following a recently published report by Croydon’s Small Business Commission, 2018 is the Croydon year for business, with the council working with partners to help small and medium-sized businesses overcome their biggest barriers and challenges to growth.



A £500 million (two million sq ft) mixed-use scheme located next to East Croydon station, managed by Schroder UK Real Estate Fund and development partner Stanhope, is set to create a new quarter amongst the extensive regeneration taking place. Boxpark already operates its highly sought-after retail and leisure destination at Ruskin Square, comprising 80 food and beverage units, as well as a live events space. HMRC has signed a landmark deal to occupy the high quality commercial space of One Ruskin Square in its entirety on a 25-year lease. And with five Grade A office buildings (up to 1,250,000 sq ft) and up to 625 residential units in the pipeline - the second office building already has detailed planning consent - this site is shaping up to be one of the best places to live, work and play in the capital. Contact: Neil Meredith, Schroders:



In the heart of west London, Ealing has always been a sought-after place to live, work and bring up families. With £5 billion-plus being invested in new homes, infrastructure, retail and leisure, the time is right to look at what makes Ealing so appealing. CONNECTIVITY Well-connected by three underground lines and mainline rail, Ealing will get full Crossrail connectivity to five stations in 2019. London’s biggest infrastructure project will connect Acton, Ealing, West Ealing, Hanwell and Southall to Bond Street and Heathrow, with average Zone1 journey times of 12 minutes. Crossrail is predicted to increase property prices by up to 50% by 2020, with Ealing rated second, and Acton rated fifth, for development desirability out of all 38 stations (JLL Residential figures).


Lucy Taylor Director of regeneration and planning


Known as the ‘queen of the suburbs’, with its tree-lined streets and Edwardian and inter-war housing stock, today’s major new developments are creating new neighbourhoods. Southall Waterside will add 3,750 new homes over the coming decades

in one of London’s most ethnically diverse areas. In Greenford, nearly 2,000 properties are planned on the former GlaxoSmithKline site. Many estates are being transformed, such as South Acton and Copley, on phased builds, transforming them into attractive, secure, green neighbourhoods. Northolt offers scope for redevelopment with potential identified for a significant number of new homes.

EMPLOYMENT Ealing is home to more than 160,000 jobs and major employers include Brompton Bikes and Ferrero Rocher. It also houses part of the Park Royal industrial site, with 500 small to medium-sized businesses. The council is committed to increasing mixed-use developments with retail, office space and residential, where appropriate, to increase job opportunities. Ealing is an enterprising place

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where a fifth of workers are self-employed, more than any other borough, and has 10 work hubs. The council has been running apprenticeship and graduate programmes for 10 years, helping hundreds of young people into their first job. Crossrail will widen the job reach with 900,000 more jobs within a 45-minute commute.

QUALITY OF LIFE Ealing’s treasures are its green spaces, such as the Common and Walpole Park, and its old-world charm, so prized by today’s house hunters, which puts it above other parts of London. Despite its great connections, much of the area still has a villagey feel and people that move here usually stay. Acton’s pull is its many independent businesses clustered around Churchfield Road, whereas Hanwell is characterised by its Art Deco landmarks with a bustling, friendly town centre. Southall, predominantly Asian, is famed for its temples, street markets and international cuisine. Southall, Hanwell and Greenford all enjoy easy access to the Grand Union Canal, and a fifth of the borough is green and open space.



This late-19th century building, which was formerly a library, is currently a 535sq m vacant site on a premier location on Acton High Street, next to the council leisure centre and opposite the Oaks Shopping centre site, which is currently being redeveloped. It has the potential to be a cinema or other commercial use. Conversion and possible extension will be subject to the necessary planning consents.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + SANDRINGHAM MEWS, EALING BROADWAY Sandringham Mews occupies part of a wedge of land in the retail and leisure heart of Ealing Broadway. It is bounded by the Uxbridge Road, Bond Street and Broadway shopping centre. It is currently occupied by small retailers, restaurants and cafes at street level, as well as a surface car park. The 0.63-ha area has the potential to be a mixeduse development with retail units at ground floor and residential, student accommodation or commercial above.

ART AND CULTURE Ealing has a thriving arts and cultural scene and hosts some of London’s most popular festivals. During July and August, the Blues, Jazz and Comedy festivals attract around 30,000 fans. Local cultural landmarks include Pitzhanger Gallery and Museum, Questors Theatre and Ealing Studios, which are home to thriving creative businesses and 800 workers. Ealing Filmworks are developing a heritage-designed eight-screen cinema with a town plaza and leisure quarter. There are plans to create a film and visual arts creative quarter on the Honey Monster site in Southall. Plans are also in the pipeline for a canal masterplan that would realise the potential of the borough’s 10 miles of waterways, by linking them to many of the new developments being built and creating new opportunities for floating markets and an evening economy based in the vicinity.



Enfield is a magnet for businesses and developers. It has all the advantages of an outer London borough: good infrastructure, green spaces, attractive suburban housing, low crime levels, excellent education, and it forms part of the second largest employment corridor in London.





Enfield is in a strategic location with outstanding infrastructure, boasting easy access to the M25, A10 and A406, with good rail and airport links. There are three rail routes providing access to central London within 30 minutes, and the Piccadilly line offers frequent services and now 24-hour weekend transport as part of the Night Tube initiative. Enfield Council is keen to ensure the stations that serve Enfield’s major growth areas and industrial heartlands have high-frequency services throughout the day. The council is working to achieve this outcome by as early as 2018 with the delivery of the Stratford-Tottenham-Angel Road (STAR) scheme.

We are committed to the continued improvement of our transport infrastructure and highways network. The West Anglia route improvements are underway to further enhance Enfield’s excellent rail links. A train station at Meridian Water is under construction, unlocking a new area for commuters in summer 2019; the station is being built in preparation for Crossrail 2, which will take passengers south directly to Stratford London in 17 minutes, London Liverpool Street in 24 minutes and north to Stansted and Cambridge. On top of this, Enfield’s own energy company, energetik, is creating a heat network in the Lea Valley to supply thousands of homes with low carbon heat and electricity.

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HOUSING Enfield has ambitions to develop 50,000 homes. Enfield’s flagship regeneration scheme, Meridian Water will see the development of 10,000 homes over 20 years. These will be a mix of tenures and sizes to cater to the needs of the borough and wider London. Enfield is delivering in Ponders End, including 993 homes as part of the Alma Estate redevelopment with homes for private sale, shared ownership and council rented homes for the remaining secure tenants. Earlier this year the council completed Dujardin Mews, a development of 38 council homes which won 2017’s RIBA London Award, RIBA National Award and RIBA London Client of the Year Award.

EMPLOYMENT The borough has always been one of London’s most important business destinations with 12,300 businesses providing 132,000 jobs. Enfield is one of London’s most significant industrial, logistics and manufacturing sector destinations. Meridian Water will signal a step change in employment in the south east of the borough with a move towards high quality, high-skilled employment opportunities. Meridian Works, the first phase of Meridian Water, starts this transition by creating workshop space to support small businesses and start-up firms. The scheme will become the new home to makers and creatives.



Meridian Water is a major regeneration programme delivering 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs next door to the beautiful Lee Valley Regional Park. Alongside public spaces, shops and community facilities, the development will have its own railway station, already funded and being built by Network Rail to open in 2019. Meridian Water is being actively led by Enfield Council, demonstrating how the public sector can work at its pioneering best.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + NEW SOUTHGATE Ladderswood in New Southgate will see the building of 517 homes, commercial space, a community centre and an 80-bedroom hotel, providing employment and training opportunities for local people. Ladderswood also demonstrates Enfield Council’s commitment to sustainability, with low carbon heating for the entire estate supplied by energetik, the council’s own energy company. The first phase of Ladderswood was completed in 2017, which saw energetik’s first customers supplied with low carbon energy.

+ PONDERS END Ponders End is undergoing major regeneration, with exciting developments including the Alma Estate regeneration, Dujardin Mews and the Electric Quarter. The Electric Quarter regeneration echoes Ponders End’s rich history of industrial innovation and technology and will revitalise the town centre. It will see the construction of 167 homes and over 1,000sq m of commercial and community space including a nursery, a communal rooftop play area and a library.

ENVIRONMENT Enfield is one of the greenest boroughs in London, with approximately one third of its open space designated as green belt land. The borough also has a wealth of country and urban parks, farmland, woodland, grasslands, waterways, wildlife and access to neighbouring regional parkland, such as the Lee Valley and Epping Forest. Enfield Council has a strong commitment to safeguarding the environment with its Sustainable Enfield initiative focusing on energy, regeneration, economy, environment, waste and health. In 2017, the council met its 40% carbon reduction target three years early.



The Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of the most iconic places in Europe to live and work. Just minutes from central London, it has a rich royal and maritime history, and the longest continuous waterfront of any London borough – from the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site, via the O2 Arena and the Thames Barrier and out to Thamesmead. It is also home to 273,000 people, yet 25% of the borough is green open spaces, including the 8,000-year-old Oxleas Wood and the Royal Park at Greenwich. Royal Greenwich is capitalising on these advantages with an ambitious agenda of growing the economy by an additional 21,000 new jobs and more than 38,000 new homes by 2028. CONTACT:

Pippa Hack Director, regeneration, enterprise and skills


CONNECTIVITY Royal Greenwich’s current connections to central London include mainline railway stations, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Underground’s Jubilee line, the Emirates cable car, as well as a riverboat service to central London. Completion of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) is scheduled for December 2018, connecting new stations at Woolwich and Abbey Wood to the heart of London in minutes. London City Airport is 10 minutes from Woolwich via the DLR, with services to cities across Europe and the US. The Royal Borough is investing in sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling, and is establishing a low-emission neighbourhood scheme, focusing on improving air quality using ‘smart technology’ and triedand-tested techniques to reduce transport emissions. It is home to the Smart City project testing innovative future-tech, such as driverless vehicles.

INFRASTRUCTURE The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 is helping power development. A project in Thamesmead involving the transformation of around 40ha of land into space for new enterprises, and the regeneration of Woolwich with hundreds of new private and affordable homes alongside a cinema, shops, restaurants and business space.

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The planned urban quarter in Charlton Riverside will mean thousands of new homes, new employment areas and improved transport, while Greenwich Peninsula has launched the Design District, specifically for use by the creative industry, spanning 16 buildings across one hectare. Set to open in 2020, the district will provide work spaces for 1,800 people working in the creative industries. Plans continue on the development of Enderby Wharf, which will be the first cruise liner terminal in London.

HOUSING A recent report found that Greenwich delivered the second highest number of affordable homes in London in 2015/16. Since 2016, 11,000 new homes have been built on brownfield land and an estimated 38,000 new homes will be delivered across the borough over the next decade.

ART AND CULTURE The visitor economy adds an estimated £1.6 billion to the Royal Greenwich economy. The borough contains some of Europe’s finest historic buildings, including the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site, which help attract over 18 million visitors to the borough every year. The O2 Arena at the Greenwich Peninsula is the world’s most successful entertainment venue. In 2017 the Royal Borough approved a major landmark investment in arts and culture, transforming a section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront in Woolwich into a 16,500sq m creative hub. The Woolwich Creative District will turn unused Grade II and Grade II*-listed buildings into space that will include largescale performance venues as well as studio and rehearsal spaces, and provide a home for national and international theatre companies.

EDUCATION The quality of early years’ provision in the borough is very high, with over 90% of childminders, childcare and nursery schools judged good or outstanding, and 97% of primary and 79% of secondary schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted. Higher education providers, including the University of Greenwich, Ravensbourne and Trinity Laban, are based in the borough, and there are adult community learning providers, led by London South East Colleges (LSEC), ensuring residents can access lifelong learning, while four skills centres offer specialist training in construction, hospitality and catering, digital skills and equestrian and horticulture.



This development is an exciting opportunity for a mixed-use neighbourhood, characterised by medium-rise development. The planned urban quarter involves thousands of new homes, employment opportunities, improved transport links, schools, open space and community health facilities.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + SPRAY STREET, WOOLWICH Spray Street redevelopment will create a new landmark destination and gateway to Woolwich town centre. It will include hundreds of new homes as well as restaurants, offices, shops, cafes, leisure facilities such as a cinema, and new and improved public spaces.

+ ROYAL ARSENAL A section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront in Woolwich is being transformed into a 16,500sq m creative hub, the Woolwich Creative District (see Art and Culture).

+ ENDERBY WHARF Plans continue on the development of Enderby Wharf, which will be the first cruise liner terminal in London.



Hackney not only leads the country in creativity, nightlife and ‘cool’, but is now at the forefront of tech innovation and enterprise. With league-table-topping schools, and a genuine commitment to social housing, its growth has only just begun. JOBS

CONTACT: Stephen Haynes Director, strategy, policy and economic development stephen.haynes@


Hackney has a thriving local economy of over 14,000 businesses and 88,000 jobs. It’s experienced more than 40% business growth since 2010, with particular emphasis on the tech, hospitality and creative sectors. Home to Tech City, a world-renowned community of digital entrepreneurs in Shoreditch, it leads the way in UK tech development and recently welcomed Amazon’s new headquarters. Part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy is the redevelopment of Hackney Wick, with 40,000sq ft of new commercial, retail and affordable workspace. Across the River Lea, HERE EAST has set up 1.2 million sq ft of commercial space in the former Olympic Media Centre to bring together businesses in tech, media, data and education. Such is its reputation for enterprise, the council has established sister city agreements with Austin, Texas; and Oslo, Norway, to share best practise on fostering innovation.

The council strives to ensure growth benefits everyone, and supports the recruitment needs of local businesses through Hackney Works, which has secured jobs for hundreds of residents.

CULTURE Hackney is internationally recognised as a world class cultural destination and is a hub for creatives, makers and artists. The New York Times labelled it the new fashion capital and Vogue declared Dalston the “coolest place in Britain”. With a huge range of pubs, bars and restaurants, some of London’s best loved music venues and theatres, a slew of museums and galleries, independent cinemas, innovative pop-ups and a full and free annual cultural programme, there is something to do every day. The borough’s cultural and social diversity is celebrated through numerous festivals, including Black History Month, Hackney

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Carnival, the Dalston Children’s Festival, Discover Young Hackney, the Stoke Newington Literary Festival and Hackney Pride 365, a year-long programme of events which celebrates the LGBTQI+ community.

EDUCATION Hackney’s schools are some of the highest achieving in the country, and nearly all of our pupils go to a school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Through our Building Schools for the Future programme, we have rebuilt or refurbished all of our secondary and special schools and delivered six new academies. We continue to invest and will soon begin work on a stateof-the-art building for the new City Academy Shoreditch Park. We pride ourselves on supporting every child to achieve their very best and our schools also work closely with local businesses to help prepare pupils for the world of work. This includes the council’s Hackney 100 scheme, which matches enthusiastic young people with high quality paid work experience.

HOUSING Hackney’s estate regeneration scheme is the biggest in the UK being built directly by a council, providing nearly 3,000 new council homes to rent or buy across 18 sites. Alongside that is Europe’s largest single-site regeneration programme at Woodberry Down, where, in partnership with local residents and a developer, we’re building another 5,500 homes next to stunning new wetlands. More than half of the homes being directly delivered by the council will be for council rent and low-cost home ownership, with all existing council tenants guaranteed the right to return to a new home. There are also plans to set up a not-forprofit company to deliver homes for a living rent, saving renters currently priced out of the market around £800 per month, giving them a decent home in which to live while they can save up for a deposit to buy.

greenest boroughs in London, with 58 parks, squares and gardens, 23 of which have Green Flag status. People can get close to nature at Wick Woodland or Woodberry Wetlands, take to the water at West Reservoir, or enjoy the beautiful and historic settings of Clissold Park, complete with deer. A hot summer day will see crowds enjoying barbecues on London Fields, which also boasts a 50m heated, floodlit outdoor pool. Alongside four existing leisure centres, the council is planning a new centre next to Shoreditch Park. On Hackney Marshes we have the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe. Every weekend, hundreds of teams turn out on the 82 pitches – known as the spiritual home of grassroots football – where premier league legends like David Beckham started out. Sport England recently awarded the council £10 million to explore innovative ways to get residents to become more physically active.



A £1 billion investment in the London Overground rail network has transformed Hackney Central’s links to the rest of London and the south-east. To bring more visitors and customers into one of London’s most dynamic town centres, as well as create 3,000 new jobs and 1,000 new homes, the council has secured £2 million from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund. Major improvements under way include the pedestrianisation of the high street, pocket parks, help for traders to improve their shop fronts and businesses and the development of Hackney Walk – a hub of high-end retail and fashion outlets, art studios and manufacturing space, and a host of training and employment opportunities.

PARKS AND LEISURE Hackney borders the City yet it is one of the



We’re the borough of growth: growth for all, regardless of background, as we strive to make Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) the best place in which to live, work and socialise in Europe. Innovation is in this borough’s DNA. It’s the birthplace of world-famous brands, but now we want to take H&F to the next level. ENTERPRISE

CONTACT: Jo Rowlands Lead director, regeneration planning and housing jo.rowlands


Our thriving economy is already home to many international businesses such as L’Oreal, Harrods and Fox TV, and big firms continue to move here, with ITV switching studios from the South Bank to White City. More than 400,000 sq ft of office space was taken up in 2017, which is double the figure of the previous year. Our regeneration projects are breathing verve and vigour into White City, Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith town centre and Fulham. Alongside Westfield London, we found more than 1,000 jobs for local people in 2017 with Workzone, a free recruitment service that gets local people into work. The huge boom in office space take-up has been dominated by tech firms as we strive to bring H&F to the forefront of the knowledge-based economy. We already have a prosperous start-up and small business community, but we want it to grow further so we’re working with

developers to provide more affordable, flexible workplaces and co-working hubs. We’ve put together a new industrial strategy to bring economic growth to the borough for generations to come. Centred on the the new innovation district emerging at White City, West Tech will be a global beacon for innovation and growth, and a leading place for tech and creative businesses, education and research. Our ground-breaking partnership with one of the world’s leading universities, Imperial College, is part of our mission to stimulate innovation and growth and make H&F a magnet for creative, tech and research companies. The partnership has led to initiatives such as The Imperial White City Incubator at the I-Hub facility in Shepherds Bush, providing expertise and facilities to budding entrepreneurs from the emerging technology industry. We’re in a great location for businesses to

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base themselves: we are the nearest major business centre to Heathrow airport, with excellent transport links and 14 tube stations, bringing the West End and City within easy reach. HS2 at Old Oak Common will bring the rest of the UK that bit closer, speeding up journey times to other major cities.

HOUSING We’ve focused on regeneration, increasing affordable homes supply and meeting housing needs and aspirations. We’ve identified five regeneration areas which are anticipated to be the key focus for growth in the borough, building a total of 25,800 homes by the end of 2035 and creating 49,500 jobs. They are: • • • • •

Old Oak 10,000 homes 20,000 jobs White City 6,000 homes 20,000 jobs Hammersmith 2,800 homes 10,000 jobs Fulham 7,000 homes 9,000 jobs South Fulham Riverside 4,000 homes 500 jobs

ART AND CULTURE H&F is already home to a vibrant arts, culture and creative industries scene. But we want to make it even better. We want to make the borough one of the country’s leading destinations for the arts. Our main aims are: •

OUR MAIN AIMS ARE: Create an innovation district at White City – a global beacon for innovation and growth, and a leading place in tech and creative businesses, education and research. Make H&F the best place in Europe to do business Improve town centres and commercial hubs Build 25,800 new homes Support, enhance and promote our vibrant arts, cultural and leisure scene

SPORTS AND LEISURE With three famous football clubs in the borough, H&F is spoilt for choice. Chelsea FC and Fulham FC are planning to expand, with Chelsea investing £1 billion in a new 60,000seat stadium, and Fulham enlarging Craven Cottage to seat 30,000. We have some of the best parks in the capital, with 13 having Green Flag status. We are protecting our parks and open spaces from development as we aim to be the best, most environmentally positive borough in the country.

ENVIRONMENT We launched London’s first electric car club and are installing 100 electric car charging points, with more on the way. We’re working with residents to tackle air pollution and encouraging them to plant around tree bases, while we became the first borough to halt standardised spraying of glyphosate chemical herbicides.

Destination Boost the local economy by developing and promoting a thriving borough for the arts Creation Support people to create and produce excellent art of all kinds Inclusion Give residents from a wide range of backgrounds more opportunity to experience and participate in artistic and cultural activity



Haringey is the future of the capital, offering all the ingredients that make London the world’s greatest city. With superb transport links, amazing schools, enormous potential for growth and a thriving cultural and arts scene, major investment is already pouring in. With London’s first designated housing zone, a £500 million borrowing guarantee, clear planning guidance and a portfolio of development opportunities, the scale of Haringey’s ambition should not be underestimated.

EDUCATION When it comes to education, Haringey is best in class. Almost all of the borough’s schools are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted, and exam results regularly outperform the national averages. Bolstering our reputation for worldclass education, we’re proud to be home to the London Academy of Excellence and Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, which will move to a futuristic purpose-built site in 2018. We’ve forged research partnerships and links with Russell Group universities, including an innovative carbon-reduction partnership with Durham University. We’ve also championed the Haringey STEM Commission, helping young people make the most of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths.


CONTACT: Helen Fisher Strategic director of regeneration, planning & development


Haringey is London’s next growth story. Independent analysis shows we will enjoy the fastest jobs growth in the capital during the next 20 years: an incredible 23% increase, compared to 13% in travel zone one and an average 16% in zones two and three. Haringey welcomes start-ups. As well as a discounted business rates scheme, our Opportunity Investment Fund, jointly funded by the mayor of London, has helped more than 10 local small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive in Tottenham, from food manufacturers

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and breweries, to a climbing centre and an industrial knitting company. Ada will equip thousands of students with skills to compete in the global tech sector, while award-winning Fashion Enter, a social enterprise manufacturer that also operates a Fashion Technology Academy, produces 400,000 garments a year for top retailers like ASOS and Marks & Spencer.

INFRASTRUCTURE Exceptionally well-connected, Haringey has three London Underground and two Overground lines, as well as excellent national rail links and a bustling bus network. Central London is just 10 minutes away, while the potential for four new Crossrail 2 stations would offer fast direct links to Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, Stratford, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

SPORTS AND LEISURE Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is flying high in the Premier League and off the field is helping to regenerate Tottenham. Its stateof-the-art 61,559-capacity stadium, due to open in 2018, is expected to attract 2.5 million annual visitors. The first UK stadium with a retractable pitch, it will host gigs and bring American football to London, as well as providing new leisure opportunities and extreme sports facilities. Parks and open spaces make up a quarter of Haringey and we’re home to 25 Green Flag parks, while the beautiful Lee Valley Regional Park is on our doorstep. As the birthplace of television and Haringey’s most famous landmark, Alexandra Palace hosts major sporting events, world-class concerts and a variety of leisure facilities.

ART AND CULTURE Haringey’s arts and culture scene is hugely diverse. Our 2,000+ creative businesses employ more than 5,000 people and deliver more than £200 million GVA a year. In addition to Alexandra Palace, Haringey’s iconic venues include the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, with a growing reputation for diverse performance; Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, a world leader in circus skills and performance; and Finsbury Park, with its annual live-music festivals. The 16th-century Bruce Castle Museum celebrates the area’s history and hosts a huge variety of events, while local arts organisations ensure culture is embedded in our borough’s way of life. The multimillion pound restoration of Hornsey Town Hall later this year will see the Grade II*-listed landmark returned to its former glory, complete with a new arts centre.



Already seeing unprecedented public and private investment, this is London’s first and largest housing zone. It is a development opportunity that is bigger than the Olympic Park and is set to deliver 10,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs by 2025, including a new town centre at Tottenham Hale. We are already working with leading developers such as Grainger, Lendlease and Argent Related to bring investment and opportunity to the area.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + WOOD GREEN In the heart of the borough, ambitious plans are underway to bring forward 6,400 new homes in a range of prices and tenancies, to create 4,000 new jobs, significantly boost economic development and make Wood Green one of the best places to shop, eat and drink in London.



In the opportunity of a generation, Harrow Council is leading a regeneration programme that will change the landscapes of both Harrow and Wealdstone town centres, improve lives, provide homes and jobs, enhance conditions for business and energise Harrow as a place.

HOUSING Harrow is the living location of choice, based on its excellent housing, green spaces and good schools. Harrow Council is strengthening that offer through a ÂŁ1.7 billion investment programme that will create 5,500 new homes, new schools, libraries, civic centre and open spaces. As an Opportunity Area in the London Plan and a designated housing zone, it is on the cusp of unprecedented regeneration. Enshrining high-quality design in these new developments is a central aspiration for the council. It has established a vibrant regeneration and design team, as well as new design guidance to inform planning policies, and has recruited a design review panel to help encourage the best in architecture and urban design.

ART AND CULTURE CONTACT: Paul Nichols Divisional director, regeneration, enterprise and planning


The Harrow Ambition Plan has a clear objective to ‘deliver a thriving cultural offer’, and for Harrow to be seen as the place for creative industries and artists to locate and conduct business. In 2017 we completed the regeneration of Harrow Museum, developed and let the first

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affordable workspace for artists in Harrow and entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Westminster’s leading Faculty of Media, Art and Design. We are now developing proposals for a creative enterprise zone in Wealdstone.

EMPLOYMENT Harrow benefits from a highly skilled workforce and economic activity rates (80.7%), higher than both London (78%) and the UK (78%). We have higher self-employment rates than London and the UK, and a lower proportion of civil servants than both. Harrow has been recognised for its work in helping residents into employment and delivering its ambitions to provide young people with jobs, skills and apprenticeships.

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Harrow’s self-employment levels reflect its enterprising population: we have higher business start-up rates than London, and our small businesses operate in high growth sectors, including IT, software, computer services, legal, professional and scientific services, finance and insurance. Our high activity rates are reflected in our town and district centres, with 96.4% occupancy of our shopfronts. Investing in developing commercial property in Harrow makes perfect sense. The borough has also been judged as the ‘best all-round small business friendly borough’ in London by the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils, and has won the High Impact Award for contributions to Global Entrepreneurship week.


FOOD AND DRINK Harrow is on a mission to be the London borough of food, and we’re stirring up a buzzing food culture connecting restaurateurs, residents and Harrow Council. We are working to become the easiest council to do business with and are reviewing all our processes to secure great restaurants in Harrow. We have a series of award-winning restaurants to reflect our population – one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK by ethnicity and faith.

The flagship project in Harrow’s multimillion pound regeneration programme, this will see the demolition of the existing civic centre and a former social club to provide approximately 900 homes with retail and work space, creating a new quarter. The council will relocate to a new, purpose-built facility in Wealdstone in 2020. A design team is formulating a masterplan for the whole site and detailed designs for phase one (430 homes). Phase two (475 homes) is likely to be delivered with a joint venture partner.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + BYRON QUARTER The vision for Byron Quarter is to create a community with modern leisure facilities, a beautiful park and sporting activities at its heart. Currently housing the council’s only leisure centre and a former driving test centre, Byron Quarter will provide 820 homes, including homes for sale, rent and affordable housing targeted at local need. It is currently planned to be delivered over three phases, with a joint venture option being explored for the majority.

+ GREENHILL WAY A large car park in the centre of Harrow town centre, this 0.76 ha site will play a key part in the ongoing regeneration of Harrow town centre. It is designated as mixed use in the Harrow and Wealdstone Area Action Plan and is suitable for a range of options around high quality commercial and residential development, including homes, offices, retail, a hotel and leisure. There are excellent transport connections that offer easy access to central London. The council is seeking a development partner for the project.



Situated in the north-east corner of the capital, with its lively town centres, abundant green spaces, diverse range of housing and quick connections to central London, Havering offers great potential for development. With several key sites primed for regeneration, there has never been a better time to invest. CONNECTIVITY

CONTACT: Steve Moore Director of neighbourhoods steve.moore@


Crossrail is set to have a significant impact on Havering when the £14.8 billion project is complete. The Elizabeth line will feature stations at Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Romford, connecting to central London and Heathrow airport, as well as the City of London, in 17 minutes. Some trains are already running on the line. The route from Liverpool Street to Shenfield stops at Chadwell Heath, Romford and Gidea Park and the entire Elizabeth line is scheduled to operate from the end of 2019. Improved connectivity will be key to future development in the area, with the council planning to build around 3,500 new homes in Rainham, as well as opening a new leisure

centre on Western Road and making a £1.4 million investment in upgrading the area around Rainham station.

HOUSING Over the last year, Havering has agreed three joint venture partnerships to deliver £3 billion of new housing and regeneration, demonstrating that Havering is an attractive investment opportunity for developers. Significant housebuilding will take place in Havering in the coming years. The Beam Park development area was allocated as one of 30 housing zones by the Greater London Authority in 2016. These are identified areas with the greatest potential for housebuilding projects. Havering Council has

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selected Notting Hill Housing to build 700 homes in this zone. Romford also features a housing zone, for which First Base and Savills Investment Management were recently announced as joint venture partners. This will see around 840 new homes delivered alongside a mix of workspace and community amenities, as well as a bridge linking the site to nearby Romford rail station. The council’s own private-rented sector housing provider, Mercury Land Holdings, was set up in 2015 to meet housing demand. In May 2017, it took control of 65 luxury one, two and three-bedroom houses, all of which are now rented.

ENTERPRISE While Havering is a major hub for construction and logistics, manufacturing and engineering sectors have been given a boost thanks to the presence of the borough’s Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME), which supports businesses in the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors. The facility features 4,645sq m of laboratory space with 3D printers, CAD equipment and a conference centre, and is open to companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

QUALITY OF LIFE Havering is known for its 13 Green Flag parks – the national standard for high-quality open spaces – as well as award-winning theatre. The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch town centre is one of Havering’s crown jewels. Voted Most Welcoming Theatre in the East by the UK Theatre Organisation, its versatile programme is equally modern and accessible. In 2000, Havering became home to part of the largest area of wetlands in the upper Thames Estuary, Rainham Marshes. Together with surrounding marshlands, the waving grasses and natural dykes of the marshes date back to the early Middle Ages. Bedfords Park is one of Havering’s largest parks and a designated Local Nature Reserve.



Havering Council’s plan to regenerate Romford town centre will play out over the next 30 years. And numerous bodies, including land and building owners and existing residents, all want their interests heard. The scale of the opportunity in Romford needs a variety of approaches as the council aims to attract and harness private sector investment supported by public sector funding.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + RAINHAM AND BEAM PARK Following the Mayor of London’s designation of Rainham and Beam Park as a housing zone, plans to redevelop a number of key sites along New Road, the A1306, in Rainham are under consideration by the council’s planning authority. The ambitious programme will transform the area into a high quality residential area, with a new station on the c2c line, a new primary school and health facilities, and the creation of a twokilometre linear park for existing and new residents.

+ BRIDGE CLOSE Havering Council will work with a development partner to create a new riverside residential area at Bridge Close, an industrial estate close to Romford station. As well as new homes and employment space, there will be environmental improvements to the River Rom, a new riverside walkway and new public space.



Connected for business, made for living: Hillingdon is already home to companies like British Airways and Coca-Cola and is an ideal west London location for all businesses. The borough has a wide choice of commercial properties and excellent amenities, with national and international transport links. It’s also a great place to live, with award-winning schools, green spaces and top leisure and social facilities.

CONTACT: Nigel Cramb Partnership and business engagement manager


CONNECTIVITY Probably the best-connected borough in London, Hillingdon has two international airports in Heathrow and Northolt, and excellent rail connectivity, with lines into both Paddington and Marylebone, which will be further enhanced by the new Elizabeth line from 2019. Served by the Central, Metropolitan and Piccadilly underground lines, the borough has 16 underground stations. The logistics sector is also well served, with immediate access to the M4, M40 and M25.

HOUSING The dedicated housing zone in Hayes is already creating new properties and Hillingdon Council is committed to working with development partners to deliver quality homes for residents. The Old Vinyl Factory, a mixed-use development, has delivered its first residential phase and will provide 640 homes on completion. The council has also recently granted permission for another major mixeduse scheme on the former NestlĂŠ Factory site, which will deliver more than 1,300 new homes and create hundreds of jobs.

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QUALITY OF LIFE Hillingdon is simply a great place to live. It boasts more than 200 green spaces and 47 award-winning Green Flag parks and open spaces: more than any other local authority in the UK. Along with acres of ancient woodland and miles of canals, lakes and rivers, residents have a wealth of leisure spaces to enjoy. The borough also has three excellent leisure centres, including an Olympic-standard 50-metre pool and a refurbished 1930s outdoor lido at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex. There are also a number of vibrant town centres with their own distinct identities, sporting a variety of independent shops and restaurants.

EDUCATION Committed to providing every child in Hillingdon with a primary and secondary school place close to their home, the council is investing £260 million in one of the largest building and expansion programmes in London. It has created 6,645 new primary school places since 2011 by investing £149 million, expanding existing schools and building new ones. The focus has now turned to secondary schools, with the council investing £107 million to offer more places at these too. The programme is not only providing additional places but also inspiring good quality facilities for children to gain the best education. Hillingdon is also extremely well served in terms of higher education provision. It is home to the recently formed Harrow and Uxbridge College (HCUC), which supports campuses at both Uxbridge and Hayes. Uxbridge College has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted. The borough prides itself on having two universities: Brunel with its focus on science and engineering and Bucks New which provides a wide range of courses.

revival in manufacturing and at the same time supporting and enabling new businesses to get established, with access to cutting edge technology and business support. Investment in the borough’s logistics sector also continues to show growth with both SEGRO and ProLogis taking advantage of Hillingdon’s great connectivity and location. This investment continues to provide world class facilities for logistics operators and employment for local people. Investment in the office sector also remains strong. Rackspace, the cloud hosting experts, has just moved into their new headquarter building on Hyde Park, Hayes; U+I has just completed work on the Shipping Building office at the Old Vinyl Factory; and Uxbridge is home to two Class A office buildings (Charter and Belmont) to add to the other quality office accommodation on offer in Hillingdon.

ENTERPRISE Everywhere you look in Hillingdon you will see activity and endeavour. Hayes in particular is seeing regeneration, with sites like the Old Vinyl Factory benefitting from investment and new enterprise. The Central Research Laboratory, which is based there, is leading a



Hounslow launching the Careers Coach in 2015

From employing a branded bus to take job training to all corners of the borough, to committed investment in education and culture, Hounslow is determined that its residents make the most of the wealth of opportunities opening up, particularly in central and western areas. EMPLOYMENT

CONTACT: Tom Brooks Business services & investment tom.brooks@


Giving local people the skills they need to be able to benefit from the wealth of opportunities arising is a key focus for Hounslow Council. It is securing apprenticeships for young residents at local businesses in a variety of sectors, including IT, hair and beauty, finance and childcare, and has created over 200 apprenticeship opportunities at the council itself. Another vital service is jobs brokerage where advisors match candidates with employers and provide invaluable guidance for people entering the workplace. The Skills Escalator project has been

addressing the issue of long term, low-paid employment, working with businesses and individuals to lift their skills and income. There’s also been significant investment in providing start-up business courses and mentoring for people wanting to launch their own business. A typical initiative is the PopUP Business School, which offers free business training and a chance to trade from Hounslow’s Treaty Centre. A dedicated jobs truck, Careers Coach, emblazoned with the council’s ‘WorkHounslow’ brand, is a regular fixture around the borough, complete with computers for brushing up CVs and a training room for coaching prospective interviewees.

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EDUCATION Hounslow places paramount importance on investment in education and we have fantastic Ofsted ratings: inspectors have judged 96% of all Hounslow schools as good or outstanding. Through an ambitious schools expansion programme, Hounslow continues to respond to considerable challenges created by the growth and fluctuations in pupil population. In addition to significant mainstream expansion both at primary and secondary levels, we have substantially increased special school provision, which includes rebuilding of two special schools. We have also commissioned a new special free school for secondary-age children with SEMH needs (Social, Emotional and Mental Health). An example of Hounslow’s aspiration for education is a proposed joint venture with a housing developer to rebuild a primary school in central Hounslow, both increasing the number of school places and providing a considerable number of new homes.

area including a review of the Green Belt to establish which parts are fit for purpose. The designation of housing zone status will serve to aid the regeneration of Feltham, while the wider area has the potential to deliver around 98,000 new homes, 165,200sq m office space, a new local centre, hotels and leisure facilities, a new primary school, and 147,000sq m of light industrial space for distribution, airfreight and other airport related businesses. These plans also support the delivery of a new Southern Rail access into Heathrow Airport including a new station at Bedfont. The centre of Hounslow is also benefiting from housing zone status. On the site of the civic centre staff car park, cranes tower over hundreds of new homes under construction. Building is also underway at the High Street Quarter, a £210 million mixed-use scheme that will transform the town centre. It will deliver 528 high quality homes and over 134,000 sq ft of commercial floor space, including a new multiplex cinema and restaurants, cafes and shops.

ART AND CULTURE Officially the eighth greenest borough in London, Hounslow surprises visitors with its green spaces, hidden treasures and history, its geography and cultural narrative. Nestling by a large swathe of the Thames, and familiar as the end-point of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, the borough has its share of large historic houses, designated as part of the West London ‘Arcadia’ of surviving houses and parks. But Hounslow is also about the cultural future: it has an emerging and growing festival offer, and from 2018 a series of investments in arts and heritage will start to pay off with the re-opening of the refurbished Gunnersbury Museum and Park, and plans for new facilities at Hogarth’s House, Boston Manor House and Park and Watermans Arts Centre. Watch this (exciting, historic and very green) space!




Feltham and the west of the borough are areas with significant and exciting growth opportunities. The council’s West of Borough Plan aims to optimise the potential of the


ISLINGTON Already identified as the best place in the country for entrepreneurs, Islington is also one of the fastest growing parts of London in terms of both new homes and jobs. The council wants to continue delivering large numbers of new jobs and homes while also providing real opportunities so that all residents are able to share equally in the borough’s success.

ENTERPRISE Recent research has found that Islington is the best place in the UK for entrepreneurs, due mainly to the large number of digital and creative industries in the borough. Significantly, 98% of Islington’s businesses are either micro or small businesses and it is therefore their success that will drive economic growth in the borough. Seventy per cent of jobs are located in the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), London’s central business district, which includes Clerkenwell, home to London’s largest and most successful cluster of design industries. There is also a number of thriving business clusters situated outside the CAZ notably: • CONTACT: Karen Sullivan Service director, planning and development environment and regeneration karen.sullivan@


Tech City: located around Old Street, this is the focal point for a worldclass array of tech businesses driving innovation and growth in the UK’s digital economy. King’s Cross to Moorfields Eye Hospital corridor: a centre of excellence for bioscience and medtech businesses and institutions linked to the Knowledge Quarter around King’s Cross. Vale Royal / Brewery Road: central

London’s largest concentration of industrial and light industrial uses and home to a burgeoning collection of highly successful creative industries. Finsbury Park: includes the garment district at Fonthill Road and home to a small but growing tech sector.

These areas are critical to Islington’s economic success but they are also strategically important to London, contributing to its international reputation in new technology, medical science, design and creative industries. Forecasts indicate that over 50,000 new jobs could be created in Islington by 2036. To accommodate this, an additional 400,000 sq m of additional office space will be needed. A lack of suitable office and light industrial space, high rents and other costs present significant challenges for micro and small businesses in the borough. The council is therefore delivering an Affordable Workspace Strategy to protect and secure affordable office and light industrial spaces. A key aim of this strategy is to support the resilience and growth of Islington’s business clusters while providing real opportunities for local people.

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EMPLOYMENT Despite being one of the most economically dynamic and creatively rich parts of the UK, many local residents experience intense inequality and social exclusion, and are unable to share in the borough’s growing economic prosperity. Islington ranks third nationally on the income deprivation indicator for children, and fourth for income deprivation affecting older people. Furthermore, every ward in Islington has at least one area that is amongst the 20% most deprived areas of England. The council is committed to supporting economic growth in the borough, but will intervene to ensure that Islington’s disadvantaged residents share the benefits of this growth. It has developed a vision of inclusive economic growth that promotes ‘Islington as an economy that works for everybody, where sustainable, inclusive growth is harnessed to reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality of opportunity, for the local community.’

HOUSING High land values have supported housing delivery in the borough with 7,443 new homes delivered over the five years from 2011/12 to 2015/16, which is one of the highest levels of housing delivery in London and the country. Over this period Islington exceeded its housing targets by 25%. The council has a requirement that at least 50% of new homes must be genuinely affordable.



However, high land values coupled with social inequality mean that housing affordability is one of the most significant challenges facing Islington. Continuing to deliver genuinely affordable housing for local people therefore continues to be a key priority.

QUALITY OF LIFE Given the scarcity of land for development in Islington, the council faces a significant challenge in meeting the predicted demand for new homes and jobs growth. It is therefore currently reviewing its Local Plan to ensure that where development takes place, it supports the council’s twin aims of delivering genuinely affordable homes, particularly social housing, and supporting inclusive economic growth.



Kensington and Chelsea, despite its small geographical area is a borough of contrasts. It is an area of great diversity, a borough which is home to both some of the most affluent but also some of the most deprived areas in London. It has a rich architectural heritage and some of the highest residential land values in the country. However, it is anything but a residential suburb. It is known for its famous landmarks, creative businesses, world-class shopping centres, the Notting Hill Carnival, museums and galleries. INFRASTRUCTURE

CONTACT: Graham Stallwood frtpi Executive director, planning and borough development


The borough is well served by public transport, with numerous bus routes and 12 underground stations. However, the council recognises that some parts of the borough remain better connected than others and if future development sites are to realise their full potential, new connections will be needed. To this end, the council continues to work with Network Rail to construct a new station, Kensal Portobello, on the Elizabeth line.

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ART AND CULTURE The borough is a world-class cultural hub containing a number of exceptional museums, theatres and galleries. The South Kensington museum complex is one of London’s jewels, attracting nearly 12 million visitors each year, (more than those visiting St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal in Venice combined). We host Europe’s largest street party, Notting Hill Carnival, whilst the Royal Hospital hosts the annual Chelsea Flower Show. We are also home to the Royal Court Theatre and the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, and the newly refurbished Design Museum on Kensington High Street. The smaller venues and events scattered across the borough add richness to local life, reinforcing neighbourhood identity, as well as forging links between the creative sector and world-class businesses.

SHOPPING The borough is host to some of the capital’s finest shopping areas, with the King’s Road, Knightsbridge and Portobello Road attracting visitors from across the world. Each of these offers something special, be this access to world-class brands, to eclectic markets or to the quirky and the unexpected. Indeed in a retail climate where many town centres are struggling, the borough’s centres remain vital and vibrant places, and enjoy continuing investment and growth.

BUILT ENVIRONMENT The borough has inherited a remarkable historic townscape and a large number of historic buildings. Over 4,000 buildings are ‘listed’ and there are over 100 garden squares, with conservation areas covering 73% of the borough. The quality of the built environment and the mix of uses underpins the borough’s success as a desirable place in which to live, to work and to invest. However, while the council demands the highest quality of design it recognises that it is not merely a curator of a living museum. With one of the earliest local authority design review panels in the country we are constantly looking to the future, championing high quality contemporary design.

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The council will be using a new station to transform the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area from a former gasworks and railway deport into a thriving and well-connected community. Drawing on its industrial heritage, some 3,500 new homes will be built to complement the historic waterway of the Grand Union canal. The site will also provide 10,000sq m of flexible workspace to bring viability to the area and to build upon the area’s existing strengths in the creative sector. It will also see the construction of a new town centre and supermarket to serve those living in and around Kensal Canalside.



Kingston is a place of excellence. It is a distinctive part of Greater London with a unique set of assets and opportunities. It has a rich heritage and wide cultural offer alongside an iconic riverside location. It is the oldest of the of the four Royal Boroughs in England and its recorded history dates back to 838AD. INTRODUCTION

CONTACT: Shabnam Ali Group manager, regeneration and internationalism


Kingston is in the top 20 UK retail destinations and within the top three in London. The borough has many great attractions: a theatre, a university and college, a variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs to support the night-time economy and hosts a number of special events from festivals to a riverside regatta. Kingston is a forward looking and ambitious borough. This university town attracts a wide demographic of people who want to work, live in and visit the borough. Kingston Futures is a partnership programme made up of private and public sector stakeholders. Its purpose is to shape Kingtson’s future into a vibrant place by creating the right spaces and buildings for people to enjoy, live, work and study in.

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INFRASTRUCTURE Located just 17 minutes from central London and close to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the borough’s connectivity is fantastic. Train services to London will become faster and more frequent with 10 potential Crossrail 2 stations. The borough is undergoing a £30 million Go Cycle programme to encourage more people to cycle and walk, improve safety and provide better streets and public places for everyone to enjoy.

EDUCATION The league tables have seen Kingston University join an elite list of the world’s top 500 higher education providers, with its expertise in art and design recognised as among the top 100 internationally. In addition, the university regularly tops the tables for graduate start-up companies in the UK. Kingston College is a major provider of full-time, part-time and undergraduate courses in Kingston. Its new state-of-the-art Creative Industries Centre offers a 3D workshop, TV studio, music suite, studios, gallery space and an art cafe. Kingston’s schools are hugely popular, with academic standards amongst the highest in the country.

ART AND CULTURE Kingston has a growing reputation as a regional attraction for heritage, culture and arts. The council and its partners have formed Creative Kingston – a cultural community interest company increasing cultural spaces across the borough. Kingston is seeing cultural and creative industries prosper through its rich confluence of people, ideas and ambition. Kingston will build a cultural and creative centre that capitalises on the borough’s history of creative thinking, unleashing the vibrancy of the borough.

CONNECTIVITY Kingston recently launched its new initiative, Connected Kingston, which provides free wifi to users in the town centre. The plan is to increase broadband coverage across the

borough enabling people to have better-quality access to the internet. The council is also committed to creating a smart city for residents, communities and local businesses. With the creation of an enabling borough it is seeking to realise value from shareable data and partners to connect to web intelligence. This has started at the centre of the council through digitally enabled platforms. The next phase is to ensure borough-wide coverage of superfast broadband. This will help to attract technological and creative businesses to Kingston contributing to its economic growth.

ENTERPRISE Kingston has a thriving economy and a retail sector that is ranked amongst the best in the country. It is an excellent place to set up and run a business due to the range of support available, both to new and established companies. With over 8,000 businesses in the borough, there is great potential to nurture and develop these businesses to increase productivity, design new technologies and ensure more trade and export. All of this makes a massive contribution to the national gross value-added rates. Kingston is looking to ensure workspace provision for this increasing number of businesses so that as they grow, facilities and offices are available for them to thrive in.



To maintain the town centre’s position as one of the UK’s most successful retail centres and the third most successful in London, co-working spaces and provision of offices to support small and growing businesses will support our aspirations for local economic growth, as will the provision of modern Grade A office space. This will complement our need to develop residential in this area.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + CATTLE MARKET AREA AND CAR PARK Size: 1.9ha Ownership: Public (RBK) with TfL owning bus stand Strategy: Eden Quarter SPD Site includes surface and underground car parks, TfL bus stand, Monday market, library, museum, leisure centre and green space.



Lambeth has a rich history of openness, inclusivity and dynamism. The borough has pioneered social change and progress throughout its history, showing that Lambeth’s people embrace new opportunities. ENTERPRISE

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Lambeth recognises the value that businesses bring to the community, playing an instrumental role in creating seven Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) for our key commercial areas. BIDs represent the needs of local businesses, as they work with the council to support a range of business-friendly programmes. By working with Lambeth’s BIDs, the council will help you make the contacts you need locally to see your business flourish. Lambeth’s major business sectors include the creative and digital industries, professional and financial services, life sciences and healthcare, and hospitality and tourism. Major employers such as IBM, ITV, National Theatre, the South Bank Centre and Shell UK are well established here. The borough’s night-time economy is also thriving. Supporting 8,000 jobs, Lambeth’s clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres attract an international crowd, with Brixton, Clapham,

the South Bank and Vauxhall benefiting from vibrant nightlife.

EMPLOYMENT London’s creative and digital industries are booming, and Lambeth is at the heart of this growth. Across the borough from the South Bank and Waterloo, to Vauxhall, Brixton, Clapham and West Norwood, Lambeth is home to world-leading creative and digital talent. Creative pioneers include the Champion Agency, Reprezent Radio, Livity, and B3 Media, who deliver great creative services and content working to support young local creatives, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to break into the creative and digital economies. Lambeth is now working on creating new affordable and flexible workspaces. Recently the council supported projects such as Granby Space, Build Studios, The Foundry, and Pop

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Brixton. These spaces, including others such as Local London at Capital Tower (Waterloo), Make Space Studios (Waterloo), Canvas (Brixton), and Workspace Group (across the borough) are specifically geared towards supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative and digital industries.

ARTS AND CULTURE Lambeth’s world-class cultural attractions include the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, The Vaults, Ovalhouse Theatre, and the Old Vic and Young Vic Theatres. Together, these institutions attract annual audiences in the millions. They are engaged in local outreach, employment and training programmes, supporting an inclusive growth agenda and breaking down barriers for future creative talent. Lambeth’s prestigious visual arts organisations include Beaconsfield Gallery in Vauxhall, the Portico Gallery, Gasworks, and Damian Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, winner of the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize. Its film and television sector is anchored by both ITV and the British Film Institute. One of the borough’s biggest employers since the 1970s, ITV recently announced its intention to build modern purpose-built headquarters on their existing South Bank site to bring all of its London operations together.

HOUSING Lambeth launched the biggest house building programme for a generation with a plan for 1,000 extra homes at council-level rent. To achieve this, the council is building on land it owns alongside an ambitious estate regeneration programme. The council has a range of major housing development sites, as well as a small sites programme. Recent highlights include the innovative Akerman Road ‘Passivhaus’ and St Oswald’s Place affordable housing schemes. The council’s New Town Hall scheme has not only reduced the number of buildings used by the council to save money, but has freed up land to build more housing in key sites across the borough, enabling Lambeth to exceed its 40% target of building affordable homes.

EDUCATION Schools have seen strong investment over the last 20 years, transforming the performance of the education sector across the borough, despite high levels of social deprivation. Lambeth is now home to a wide range of fantastic education institutions and programmes. Its schools’ performance is listed in the top 10 of all local authorities in England and Wales and 96% of Lambeth schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.



Brixton Central is a major area for investment, encompassing several strategic development sites. There are plans to see the town centre expand with new commercial space and 250 homes, along with major traffic and pedestrian improvements. As a major London landowner, Lambeth Council is working with local people on the long-term plans for the sites.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + PHOENIX HOUSE, VAUXHALL Currently home to Lambeth Council staff, this 10-storey office building in the heart of Vauxhall will become vacant in spring 2018, following all staff moving to the Your New Town Hall complex in Brixton. The council is currently exploring options for the long-term use of the building as high-quality office space.


LEWISHAM Lewisham’s unrivalled location, connectivity, talents and regeneration areas make it the gateway to London’s prosperity. Investment-ready - and with a confirmed pipeline of infrastructure, housing and commercial delivery - Lewisham will be one of London’s fast growing economies, that works for all, by 2027


CONTACT: Karen Fiagbe Business partnership and engagement manager karen.fiagbe@


Lewisham Council is determined to deliver inclusive sustainable, character-led good growth to make Lewisham the best place for present and future generations to live, work and learn in London. Our connectivity, location, skilled workforce and diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial culture provide excellent value for London businesses seeking a base in the capital. These are the perfect conditions for good growth in the high-value, knowledge-based economy of the future. Renowned for its community spirit and friendly atmosphere, Lewisham’s cultural, heritage and artistic assets attract a vibrant, diverse and aspirational population.

CONNECTIVITY Lewisham is the capital’s best-connected transport hub, with 21 rail stations, three DLR

stations and 42 bus routes. London Bridge is less than 10 minutes away from Catford Bridge, while Canary Wharf is 22 minutes from the borough’s centre via DLR. The London Overground line runs through six of its town centres. TfL’s proposed Bakerloo line extension will link the heart of Lewisham to central London in Phase I and potentially beyond. The mayor of London has identified Lewisham as the strategic transport interchange for the south east of London.

HOUSING Lewisham’s local authority is a leader in council-led mixed-use regeneration schemes, with strong partnership working with bodies such as Transport for London (TfL), GLA and the Environment Agency to ensure delivery across a range of strategic sites, in addition to significant regeneration of key transport

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hubs and town centres. This commitment to innovative and award-winning housing provision saw the delivery of 1,385 homes in 2016/17, exceeding the London Plan target by 29%. The council has met or exceeded its London Plan targets for the past 15 years.

around existing public realm in Lewisham are encouraged, enhancing pedestrian and cycling links between rail stations, town centres and surrounding areas, strengthening the borough’s character through positive development. They include Deptford Market Yard which won a London Planning Award.

ENTERPRISE Lewisham is the emerging borough for the creative and digital sector, which has grown locally by 62% over the past five years, faster than the 40% for the capital as a whole. Goldsmiths University of London and our vibrant art and cultural sector provide talent, innovation, and access to specialist and knowledge-transfer facilities which fuel business growth. Major regeneration is providing modern purpose-built office, creative studio and workshop spaces in easy reach of central London, at half the cost. Key business sectors in the borough includes professional support services, digital, computing, virtual reality, augmented reality, IT, design, advertising, fashion manufacturing, crafts, and contemporary and fine arts. Economic growth is encouraged via town centre regeneration in New Cross, Deptford, Catford and Lewisham town centre, with TfL’s proposed Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham providing huge opportunities for future growth.

GROWTH Good growth involves character-led placemaking in the form of new community facilities and public realm. The Lewisham Gateway project, for example, includes around 800 homes, a park, town square, shops, eateries, a cinema and bars. This is complemented by nearby Loampit Vale housing development which incorporates the awardwinning Glass Mill Leisure Centre.

QUALITY OF LIFE Lewisham has an incredibly rich heritage with 28 conservation areas, 364 nationally listed entries, 301 locally listed buildings, and areas of archaeological priority. Lewisham parks are among the best in the UK with 17 green spaces recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme in July 2017. High quality designs



Catford masterplan outlines the huge opportunities there are to transform Catford Town Centre, bringing about the improvements that people want to see. The council owns a large number of key sites here, including the Catford Centre, Milford Towers, the Town Hall and Civic Suite and Laurence House.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + NEW CROSS GATE/DEPTFORD Plans are in place for New Cross/Deptford to become one of London’s Creative Enterprise Zones. Masterplanning is also underway, centred around a proposed Bakerloo line station at New Cross Gate. This should help boost the local economy, bring forward major mixed-use development and improve the A2 Corridor.

+ BAKERLOO LINE TfL’s proposed Bakerloo line extension will bring the tube to the borough for the very first time, and new links to central London. A station at New Cross Gate integrated with the current station will allow passengers to change to/from London Overground and National Rail services. At Lewisham town centre, a Bakerloo line station would interchange with DLR and National Rail services, and increase connectivity to the surrounding town centre. There are also proposals for a second phase, which would see the tube go beyond Lewisham and on to Ladywell, Catford and Sydenham which would bring many benefits to the south of the borough.



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moreMorden is Merton Council’s priority regeneration scheme that will not only transform the look and feel of Morden, but also redefine the role of a suburban town centre in accommodating growth and reflecting changing demographics. The Morden scheme is a high-profile project, which will look to set the precedent for the regeneration of many other similar outer London town centres served by an underground station.

CONTACT: Paul McGarry Head of futureMerton future,


INFRASTRUCTURE The 8.1-ha town centre site includes Morden Underground station, at the southern end of the Northern line. As the major landowners, Merton Council and Transport for London are seeking to relocate the bus station and expand its capacity, improve the public realm and create new spaces, with significant social and physical infrastructure that will transform the heart of the town centre.

CONNECTIVITY Morden town centre has excellent transport links, being served by the tube station, with a journey of 25 minutes to central London; 12 bus routes; the nearby tram stops and Thameslink railway stations; and only a 10-minute drive from the A3 trunk road. With more than 27,000 daily users of the tube station and a PTAL rating of 6, Morden benefits from excellent access to public transport. Both the council and Transport for London are seeking to secure substantial improvements to the public realm and provide a vibrant new town centre, with the intention of making Morden a destination, rather than

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a transitional location. The regeneration will improve pedestrian routes throughout the town centre, and create easier connections between the tube, rail, bus and tram links. Morden’s already excellent connectivity is also likely to benefit from potential improvements to Thameslink, as well as wider connections to Crossrail 2 in the future.

HOUSING Announced as one of the mayor of London’s housing zones in October 2015, Morden town centre is forecast to provide approximately 1,800 new high quality homes, including a significant proportion of affordable housing. Substantial improvements to the quality, quantity, tenure and choice of housing will help to rejuvenate the town centre and contribute considerably to meeting the borough’s housing targets. The regeneration will also provide a revitalised retail offer for Morden, while substantially improving the public realm with new retail and commercial units and associated customer and service parking, making Morden a more desirable, lively and attractive location. Extensive local consultation has shown overwhelming support for changes to Morden, with improvements to housing, retail, shopping and leisure facilities highly sought after.

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As two key landowners, Merton Council and Transport for London are working closely together to bring the comprehensive housingled mixed-use regeneration of Morden to the market. With the council’s expertise as the local planning authority and Transport for London’s expertise in delivering transport infrastructure, both parties have an interest in playing an active role in the regeneration and ensuring long-term benefits for Morden. The year 2018 will be an exciting one for Morden, with work leading towards the intended procurement of a development

ENVIRONMENT The wider Morden area comprises charming tree-lined suburbs containing family sized homes in the much sought after SW19 postcode. Nearby green spaces that are a stone’s throw away include the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park and the council’s Morden Park, providing a leafy backdrop to the otherwise busy town centre. Through the implementation of the Healthy Streets initiative, the redevelopment aims to create better connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists and improved public realm to promote activity and vibrancy. The inclusion of green infrastructure will mitigate pollution and enhance the liveability of the town centre and the wellbeing of all who use it.

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Newham is home to some of the largest and most exciting developments in Europe. From the new businesses, cultural organisations and housing coming to Stratford, to the multi-billion pound regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House and the impressive investment in the Royal Docks, Newham is an exciting place to be, and is London’s major priority for the next 25 years. By 2025 a minimum of £22 billion will have been invested in the area, creating more than 35,000 homes and 100,000 jobs.

CONTACT: Robin Cooper Head of regeneration


JOBS Newham has seen the landscape of the borough changing beyond recognition. Our Workplace job brokerage service has been at the forefront of this change, working hard with businesses and partners to ensure local residents are the first in line for the thousands of new opportunities created. Opening in 2007, Workplace has filled more than 35,000 jobs with Newham residents, a significant number of them previously longterm unemployed. Over the next two decades more jobs are likely to be created in our borough than anywhere else in London.

HOUSING The ÂŁ3.7 billion Canning Town and Custom House regeneration programme is one of the largest schemes in the country and has begun to transform the area, both physically and economically. There will be many improvements to the area including up to 10,000 high-quality homes in a mixture of private sale, shared ownership and rent at affordable prices. The redevelopment of Carpenters Estate will bring many benefits to both new and existing residents. Work has commenced to improve the quality of public space, and the estate will soon see 20,000sq m of commercial space and around 3,000 new homes, including more than 1,000 high quality and genuinely affordable homes.

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TRANSPORT Decades of investment in transport have made Newham one of Europe’s best-connected centres. London City Airport offers routes to more than 40 destinations across the UK and Europe, as well as business flights to New York. Five Crossrail train stations will be completed by December 2018 providing speedy connections to Heathrow Airport and all of central London. Domestic High Speed 1 rail services already run from Stratford International and there is potential to offer international connections too. In addition, Newham Council is investing £100 million on roads, pavements and street lighting to ensure that every resident has a safe and pleasant journey around the borough.



The council will have invested £500 million between 2008 and 2020/21 to extend and enhance educational facilities to help provide a better learning environment. Newham has some of the best-performing schools in the country. In 2017, 70% of Key Stage 2 children met the new expected standard of reading, writing and mathematics. In addition, 86% of six year-olds passed the phonics screening check - the second highest result in England. A few years ago we had no universities. We can now boast University College London, Birkbeck College, Loughborough and the University of East London.


ART AND CULTURE The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, the University of Arts and UCL are forming a new cultural and higher education quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Part of the Olympic legacy, the project is backed by £141 million of investment and is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area. Formerly a rooftop car park, Roof East is an open-air urban haven overlooking the city and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the heart of Stratford, the rooftop venue offers food and drink and plays host to a wide range of cultural events from plays to dance performances, and family activities during the school holidays.

The Royal Docks, as London’s only enterprise zone, offers crucial space for housing growth, new schools, community facilities and transport links to other parts of Newham. It has 13 miles of river and dock frontage, creating unparalleled prospects for waterfront development. It’s home to London City Airport (the only airport with a London postcode), University of East London, ExCel London and the Siemens Crystal. The Royal Docks is fast becoming the place to be.


10,000 new homes, of which 1,000 are affordable New town centre, leisure and community facilities DLR, Jubilee line and Crossrail within five minutes walk Commercial premises and community and health facilities


Around 3,000 new homes 93ha of brownfield land 20,000sq m of commercial space High-quality public and community spaces

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Home to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City Fast connections to the rest of the capital, the wider UK and Europe Plans to introduce a two-way traffic system, road calming measures and more cycle lanes now under way Grade A office spaces



Already one of the best places to live in London, Redbridge offers high performing schools, high quality green spaces, sports facilities and outstanding transport connections, together with good quality, relatively affordable housing. Over the next 15 years we plan to bring unprecedented levels of investment into the borough, using the opportunity of the Elizabeth line to transform Ilford and our town centres. CONTACT: Matthew Essex Operational director regeneration, property and planning


CONNECTIVITY By 2019, large parts of the borough will be just 15 minutes from the City and 20 minutes from the West End. People and investment are already flowing eastwards and we will capitalise on this with an ambitious programme of 18,000 new homes by 2030. New people will allow Redbridge to offer bold new opportunities to its residents. We will renew our cultural offer, provide more leisure options and offer space for new shops and businesses. We will create new jobs and apprenticeships. And we will ensure that Redbridge’s unique quality of life is open to all, securing affordable housing and putting our communities at the heart of everything we do.

QUALITY OF LIFE From outstanding schools to outstanding green spaces, Redbridge offers a very high quality of life. Our residents are already among the happiest in London. More than 40% of the borough is green, with country parks, sailing waterways and mountain biking facilities. As the fourth most diverse borough in the country, we have a rich cultural scene,

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with richly individual neighbourhoods such as Wanstead, Gants Hill and Ilford Lane, which is our nationally renowned Indian clothing street.

ENTERPRISE Redbridge’s rapidly growing population is among the most enterprising in London. Some 78,000 residents commute across the rest of London everyday while those that remain drive one of the strongest rates of business creation in the south east. The borough has a booming small business sector, with nearly 95% of firms employing fewer than 10 people, which is growing in strength in information technology/digital, financial and business services, and creative and cultural industries. The council is working with a range of partners to provide dedicated advice and guidance and secure appropriate accommodation to support the expansion of these businesses within town centre locations, adding to their vibrancy throughout the day. We’re ambitious for the future of our borough. Join us and be part of growing one of London’s most exciting communities at the very heart of the new east London.



One of the Mayor’s Metropolitan Town Centres, Ilford is the borough’s largest regeneration opportunity. The first developments are already underway with three schemes on site delivering over 600 new homes and consents granted for a further 500. By upgrading our infrastructure, we will turn Ilford’s highways into streets, reduce the impact of the ‘concrete collar’ formed by the local gyratory system, and create another way into Ilford through the new Crossrail station. We will consolidate our retail offer into a vibrant area around our core shopping centre. This will open up land to the east for housing and support the creation of a new cultural quarter with a theatre, library, leisure and further or higher education uses. New workspace will also form part of a vibrant new mix to complement the civic offer, bolstered by new council offices. Existing buildings will become the focus for SME workspace to create a thriving commercial centre in Ilford.



There are good reasons why businesses come to Richmond – and why they thrive here. With a stunning physical environment, one of the best-educated populations and an enviable quality of life, it’s an unrivalled place to live, work, visit and invest.




Steve Diamond Head of employment and enterprise delivery (Richmond and Wandsworth)


Independently assessed as one of the country’s most competitive business locations, Richmond is defined by enterprise and entrepreneurship. The borough hosts a rich business ecosystem embedded in very high rates of self-employment and micro-enterprise, and boasts some of the best business survival rates in London. Business services and the visitor economy form the bedrock of the local business scene, alongside the borough’s rise to prominence as one of London’s biggest tech employment hotspots.

In 2017 the borough was voted the happiest place to live in London for the third year in a row, taking account of criteria including local services, nature and green spaces, friendliness

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and sense of belonging. With more than 18,000 active volunteers, London’s highest rate of physically active residents and the highest healthy life expectancy in the capital, Richmond upon Thames is consistently attractive as a place to settle and do business.

EDUCATION Richmond upon Thames provides unrivalled access to the best educated and most highly skilled people in the country. With the country’s highest levels of degreeeducated adults, at 71.6%, and the third highest level of residents employed in managerial, senior official, professional and technical occupations, the best employees may be on your doorstep.

ART AND CULTURE Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Ham House and the RFU’s Twickenham Stadium are some of the bigname cultural attractions in the borough, but art and culture run deep. In fact, the borough has the country’s highest level of employment in arts, recreation and entertainment, comprising almost 10% of all jobs. Venues such as Richmond Theatre, Barnes’s independent Olympic Studios and Strawberry Hill House, along with restaurants and leisure activities across the borough, contribute to the quality of life and tourism offer.



This is the borough’s largest redevelopment area, previously owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev and acquired by Reselton Properties. Plans are being developed for the 8.6-ha site, which is expected to provide a new recreational and living quarter with a mix of uses, including a secondary school, creating vibrant links between the river and the town. A planning application is expected in early 2018.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + TWICKENHAM STATION A new station and ticket office built on a podium over the main rail lines, retail, car and cycle parking are being provided by developer Solum. Around 115 new homes will be provided in three blocks, while a new public plaza to create a sense of arrival and a riverside walk beside the River Crane will complete the scheme. The development complements the recently completed Brewery Wharf, a residential and leisure scheme, opposite the station.

+ RICHMOND EDUCATION AND ENTERPRISE CAMPUS This exciting and ambitious development in Twickenham, is focused on the site of Richmond upon Thames College. The development incorporates new college buildings, a secondary school, special day school and a ‘tech hub’ and digital media incubator, in collaboration with Twickenham-based Haymarket Media. When complete, Haymarket’s new tech hub and digital media incubator will all be on a single campus.

ENVIRONMENT Richmond upon Thames is the only London borough to span both banks of the Thames and enjoys 21 miles of river frontage. This is complemented by over 500 hectares of parks, sports grounds, playgrounds and nature conservation sites, including London’s two largest royal parks – Bushy Park and Richmond Park. The view from King Henry VIII’s Mound in Richmond Park to St Paul’s Cathedral is protected in law and Richmond town centre hosts Richmond Green, which has been described as one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England.



Track record of delivery: new theatres and music venues, brand new sports facilities, thousands of job opportunities, and topclass schools. Southwark is now recognised as the most exciting and vibrant quarter of central London.


Dan Taylor Programme manager, regeneration Chief executive’s department


CONNECTIVITY Southwark is the missing quarter of central London. Investment in the Jubilee line, Thameslink, and the Overground has transformed access to Southwark, with the ÂŁ1 billion London Bridge station set to open in 2018 after six years of construction. The capacity of London Bridge will increase from 55 million to 90 million passengers a year, and will lead to a wave of regeneration projects on the south side of the station. Future plans are being developed to extend the Bakerloo line to facilitate the transformation of the Old Kent Road opportunity area to deliver an additional 10,000 jobs and 20,000 homes.

JOBS Southwark is now firmly established as one of

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central London’s prime commercial districts, and a variety of amazing brands and startups have decided to base themselves in our borough, with creative programmes in place to help local people find the necessary skills and access to employment. After the success of More London (20,000 jobs), Bankside Mix (8,000 jobs) and London Bridge Quarter (12,000 jobs), plans are in place to create a further 5,000 jobs at Blackfriars Road, 5,000 at the Elephant and Castle, and 10,000 on the Old Kent Road.



The Old Kent Road area action plan sets out how we will deliver 10,000 new jobs, new parks, school places, a new college, and 20,000 new homes, including 7,000 affordable homes.

ART AND CULTURE The regeneration process is helping to open nine new theatres across the borough by 2018, from the Bridge Theatre in the north to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in the south. As well as the rich cultural benefits these new attractions will offer for our residents, hundreds of new jobs will be created and we can’t wait to meet the next John Boyega, the Southwark star of Star Wars. As well as theatres, we are also welcoming a wide range of live music venues across the borough, including O’Meara that recently opened at Flat Iron Square in Bankside.

SPORT AND LEISURE It is now just over 12 months since the stateof-the-art Castle leisure centre opened and over 455,000 visitors have now passed through its doors, 100,000 of whom have enjoyed access to the council’s policy of free swim and gym for local residents. As well as new leisure centres, we are also investing heavily in our parks, with a range of beautiful new open spaces being created with an amazing team of community partners.

EDUCATION Southwark is one of the most improved and high-performing London boroughs at primary and secondary level. Southwark’s £160 million investment programme means a batch of new-build, extensions and refurbishment projects are firmly under way. Investment is being channelled into two new primary school rebuilds, eight primary school expansions and two new free schools.



Home to one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects, The London Cancer Hub, along with some of the best schools in the country and award-winning green spaces, Sutton is the ideal focus for London’s growth.

CONTACT: Mary Morrissey Strategic director of environment, housing and regeneration mary.morrissey@




One of the most significant regeneration projects in London, The London Cancer Hub is set to create 13,000 jobs while contributing £1.2 billion a year to the UK economy. It will be a world-leading life science campus of scientists, doctors, innovative companies and patients, anchored by new research buildings, hospital facilities, restaurants and hotels. The hub is a partnership between the London Borough of Sutton and The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), supported by The Royal Marsden, and Epsom and St Helier NHS Trusts and the Greater London Authority. Through its creation, London has the opportunity to be the world’s leading centre for cancer research. The London Cancer Hub will provide a major connection to London’s MedCity and is also located within the golden triangle of innovation with Oxford and Cambridge. As such, Sutton is ideally placed to contribute significantly to scientific discovery.

Sutton boasts some of the top achieving schools in the country. Secondary schools have excellent performance ratings from Ofsted, with 100% reported as good or outstanding. And since 2011, Sutton has continuously performed above the average for London and England. This is reflected in the higher performance of pupils achieving high grade GCSEs and A-levels. The proportion of local students achieving A* to E is 98.5% and above the UK average. A new secondary school on the site of The London Cancer Hub will be completed by September 2019. It will cater for 1,275 pupils and be run by the Harris Federation. Harris Academy Sutton will offer a broad and balanced curriculum while specialising in science, particularly health and life sciences.

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ENTERPRISE Positioned between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and less than 30 minutes away from central London by rail, Sutton can help create the opportunities that will protect and advance London’s competitiveness within world markets. Sutton has developed a 15-year vision to unlock development opportunities that will drive prosperity, provide jobs and modern smart living solutions that London needs. The borough has an award-winning business support programme, three successful Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and high business survival rates. Sutton’s BIDs are an effective mechanism for promoting local regeneration and economic development and collectively leverage over £500,000 a year in additional investment into the borough. Keen to support smaller businesses and encourage start ups through locally-led programmes, Sutton Council won the Small Business Friendly Borough Award’s ‘Best Programme of Support’ for the PopUp Sutton project. This provided support and guidance through a bespoke advisor service, as well as a free pop-up stall on a monthly market where entrepreneurs could showcase their products or services.

office space, a college and community facilities. Completed in 2002, this pioneering ecovillage remains an inspiration for sustainable neighbourhoods and One Planet Living Communities across the world.

QUALITY OF LIFE Sutton has excellent parks and open spaces and a local authority that is committed to generating clean energy and cleaner air. Located on the southern edge of London, the borough has excellent access to central London and is within easy reach of the outstanding Surrey countryside. Offering 1,500 acres of green open space, Sutton has been rated as the fifth best place to live in the UK (Family Hotspot Report). It is also the third borough in the UK for speed of house sales (Rightmove), reflecting the relative affordability of housing and quality of living compared to the rest of London.

ENVIRONMENT Sutton is committed to creating a cleaner and greener environment for all its residents. One Planet Sutton is a vision for the borough where people lead happy, healthy lives within a fair share of the Earth’s resources. This vision is community-led, with support from voluntary and community groups, Sutton Council and BioRegional. Residents are encouraged to adopt sustainable lifestyles to reduce reliance on natural resources and save money. Sutton has its own energy company, Sutton Decentralised Energy Network, which has the potential to provide low carbon heat and hot water to south London. Barratt Homes is currently building 725 homes and a supermarket in Hackbridge, all of which are connected to the network. BedZED is the UK’s first large-scale, mixed use sustainable community with 100 homes,



Adopted in 2016, the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan sets ambitious targets to deliver 5,500 homes and over 40,000sq m of commercial space by 2031. The council has significant town centre assets which it is committed to bringing forward as part of an holistic town centre regeneration and has appointed a multi-disciplinary team led by Farrells to prepare a regeneration delivery plan. The council will be looking for partners to deliver its ambitious targets in 2018.



Tower Hamlets has played a significant role in the social, political and economic history of London, acting over the centuries as a key trading route to the east from central London. Today, the borough has become a world-class hub for financial, technological and creative industries, with the potential to become the setting for exciting innovations and advances in the 21st century. CONTACT: Owen Whalley Divisional director planning and building control


ECONOMY Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing economy in London with over 60% growth in the last 15 years. With around 250,000 people working across the borough, the finance and insurance sector dominates the key commercial districts. We expect to see an additional 100,000 new jobs from a high volume of commercial development in Docklands and City Fringe areas. The key growth sectors will be construction, hospitality, digital/tech, life sciences, finance and business services. We are also supporting growth in digital/tech sectors with a corridor through the borough to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The development of creative enterprises around the Olympic Park and through the Lea Valley will capitalise on the innovation and culture of the area. Our 15,000 small and medium businesses are a key element in supporting a vibrant and diverse local economy across 27 town centres and the borough enjoys an entrepreneurial culture with a new start-up rate twice that of London as a whole.

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HOUSING Tower Hamlets is the most rapidly growing London borough, a trend which is set to continue over the next decade. We currently have almost 14,000 homes under construction, with over 12,000 more at various stages of the planning process. The draft London Plan sets a housing delivery target for Tower Hamlets of over 35,000 new homes by 2029. The council will continue working with private developers, registered providers and our own housing delivery companies to achieve this target. Above all, we will continue to complete the highest number of new affordable homes in London to meet the needs of a diverse, young and expanding population. However, the borough’s ever-growing population and high levels of deprivation are placing increasing pressure on local services and resources, including the use of land. Providing enough new homes, jobs and services in the right places to support the needs of our growing population and other parts of London is one of our key challenges.

INFRASTRUCTURE The scale and pace of regeneration and change in our communities and of former industrial land, place the provision of infrastructure at the heart of ensuring we deliver successful new place-making. To do this, the council is working with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels, especially the local community, to identify and deliver the right infrastructure in the right places to match growth and development. This will include the council leading the way over the next decade and leveraging funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 planning obligations for new schools, both secondary and primary, new and improved open spaces, new health facilities, sustainable transport improvements, community initiatives, support for employment and training, and contributions to strategic projects, such as new bus routes and Crossrail.





Waltham Forest is one of the fastest growing boroughs in London, vibrant and distinctive, making it a fantastic place to explore, live and invest. Our Economic Growth Strategy sets out ambitious plans to deliver quality new places for our communities by working with partners and releasing councilowned sites. Culturally led and creatively driven, we are putting arts and culture at the heart of plans to celebrate our heritage while delivering on our promise of a quality life for all residents. CONTACT: Jonathan Martin Director, investment and delivery


INFRASTRUCTURE We are planning good growth that supports the delivery of vital services and new facilities to create liveable communities that will improve residents’ quality of life. We work with partners to ensure that social infrastructure is in place to support physical development: at the right time, in the right place, at the right scale. Through public realm improvements we are creating well designed, sustainable, engaging public spaces and streets. We aim to transform the everyday experience that residents and visitors have of our outdoor spaces.

HOUSING We are striving to meet the mayor of London’s housing targets, including affordable housing targets, through an ambitious housing programme, promoting new urbanism, supporting the borough’s vibrant local economy, ensuring communities are diverse, and providing high quality places to live with supporting social and physical infrastructure. Our residential offer will contribute significantly to helping address London’s housing crisis: the council’s own housing company, Waltham Forest Developments, and

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our private rental company, Waltham Forest Lettings, are offering homes at a discounted market rent to key workers in the borough, and there is scope for 12,000 new homes to be built. We have delivered the highest level of affordable housing across all London boroughs, at 47% compared to an average of 26%.

ART AND CULTURE We have long called ourselves ‘The Creative Choice’ and that has never been more accurate. From our successful campaign to be named London’s first Borough of Culture to the wealth of creative businesses thriving here, Waltham Forest is an exciting place to be, with big ambitions for our cultural offer. We are committed to embedding arts, culture and heritage in plans and decisionmaking to deliver a programme of cultural activities and spaces celebrating our heritage, unite communities and position Waltham Forest as a unique leisure destination.

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CONNECTIVITY Waltham Forest won Transport Borough of the Year 2017, recognising our commitment to delivering innovative road safety and transport initiatives that produce sustainable outcomes, enhance connectivity, improve air quality and encourage uptake of active transport through our Enjoy Waltham Forest programme.

ENTERPRISE The council provides a full economic development service to ‘keep, seed and grow’ business through engagement, developing suitable work space and a targeted approach to specific sectors, including the creative industries. Releasing council-owned buildings for mixed use residential development and flexible retail space, an open planning policy, and protecting employment and industrial land, will all support commercial development in the borough. We provide a wraparound support service for businesses via our free employment and recruitment services, and an extensive range of bespoke training packages and employability programmes to up-skill residents to take advantage of growth.

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KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES + WALTHAMSTOW + WOOD STREET + BLACKHORSE LANE + LEA VALLEY EASTSIDE (LEYTON AND LEA BRIDGE) The latter two areas form part of our GLA-endorsed housing zone. We have 87 potential development sites over 0.25ha identified by the GLA Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.


WANDSWORTH The council’s message is simple: delivering transformation and working towards a borough that is a first class destination to live, work and study in. And with Wandsworth’s desirable location, excellent transport connectivity, track record in delivering affordable housing and great education for its young people, all within a green and sustainable environment, you have one of the most exciting, innovative and forwardthinking boroughs in London. REGENERATION


Steve Diamond Head of employment and enterprise delivery (Richmond and Wandsworth)


Wandsworth is a borough that is attracting billions of pounds of new investment. It is home to one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and the most significant development area in London. Nine Elms, which is fast becoming an iconic destination south of the river, is a £15 billion area of transformation that includes the new US embassy, New Covent Garden Market and Battersea Power Station. It will bring two new tube stations to the borough, along with thousands of new homes and jobs. It will also be home to Apple’s UK campus and Penguin Random House. The Royal College of Art will build its new Innovations and Research Campus in Battersea, providing space for students and entrepreneurs, and facilities for courses that encompass design, science, engineering and technology. As well as overseeing a new district at Nine Elms, major investment is taking place in Wandsworth town centre, Roehampton town centre, and Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea.

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HOUSING The aim in Wandsworth is to help as many people as possible find a home that is right for them and their family. From grants which help tenants buy a home on the open market, through to a scheme that enables residents to purchase part of a home as opposed to having pay the full market value, Wandsworth is leading the way in making affordable homes available for its residents. In the past two years more than 1,000 affordable homes have been delivered to meet a range of housing needs. Plans are now underway to deliver another 1,000 homes, 60% of which will be affordable. A further £120 million of comprehensive improvements will help bring 33,000 councilmanaged properties up to the latest standards.

EDUCATION We want to deliver a fantastic education for our young people. Parents are rightly proud of the quality of our schools with nearly all the borough’s schools (94%) judged by Ofsted as either good or outstanding, a twice the number of outstanding schools than the national average. Alongside this, the council has an extensive programme to help people get back into employment - often giving them new skills or qualifications in the process - and has helped 750 Wandsworth residents back into work. A key feature is to match people’s ambitions with employment opportunities. The independent Social Mobility Commission concluded that Wandsworth is among the UK’s highest performing boroughs for helping disadvantaged residents, especially children and young people, on the road to success.

The ‘Your Business,Your Growth’ business programme has supported over 500 existing businesses and helped 67 new enterprises to start up. The programme includes networking opportunities and one-to-one advice sessions as well as specialist support for businesses in the food, hospitality and digital sectors.

ENVIRONMENT Cleaner, greener and safer neighbourhoods are key attributes of Wandsworth. The council works closely with its communities to keep the streets clean and safe, improve parks and open spaces, as well as championing Wandsworth as an environmentally friendly borough that is great for cycling, with good access to public transport too. Over the next year, we are spending £5 million on resurfacing roads and repairing or replacing footpaths. Within a year, energyefficient LED bulbs will light up the whole borough, saving taxpayers £400,000 a year. Our parks and open spaces are real jewels providing an exceptional amenity in a busy city. We have achieved a reduction in air pollution through a variety of measures. These include lobbying the Mayor for an outright ban on diesel buses in Putney High Street, helping schools to develop school travel plans to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and working with developers to manage construction safely and keep streets clean around development sites.

ENTERPRISE Wandsworth has been recognised as the Best Small Business Friendly Borough in London and it is home to creators, makers and innovators. Wandsworth has forged a reputation as being a great place to invest, ranging from support for town centres through to holding Wandsworth Enterprise Week, which is an annual programme of help and advice.



Move to Westminster. The City of Westminster is the economic powerhouse of both the UK and London’s economy. Over 47,000 businesses call Westminster their home, creating 600,000 jobs, making the area the largest employment centre in the UK. It is no wonder that Westminster is the start-up capital of the UK. The great diversity of Westminster’s economy is a vital element in the city’s uniqueness, making it such an exciting place to live, visit or work.

ENTERPRISE To support you through your initial enquiry, finding a property and making introductions, the Westminster Business Unit is here to make it easier for you to navigate through council and external services and get the information, advice and guidance you need. The business unit can help you by responding to your enquiries effectively and promptly, providing local economy and market intelligence, providing initial advice and ongoing support for your investment enquiries and introducing you to local stakeholders. It can also introduce you to the network of enterprise spaces with levels of affordability, flexibility in tenure, fostering of peer-support business community, a proactive business support offer and a professional working environment.



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The largest employment sector in Westminster is business and finance services, but the city is also a major international centre for the creative and cultural industries, retail, tourism and entertainment, government and public services. To soften your landing in Westminster, the Westminster Employment Service, is a free

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recruitment service for businesses. The service is managed by Westminster City Council and supported by local agencies. The service’s objective is to support residents into work and work experience opportunities generated by our local employers. It has worked with local employers to fill over 1,000 vacancies since 2012, ensuring that residents benefit from opportunities on their doorsteps.

and general connectivity both within the borough and to greater London as a whole, and to surrounding parts of the south east. It has four main rail terminals, and 10 of the 12 London Underground lines run through Westminster, serving 32 stations in the borough. In addition, it also has four piers with riverboat commuter services, and around 80 bus routes.

ART AND CULTURE The West End is the world’s top cultural, entertainment, shopping and dining destination, with a global mix of 2,500 restaurants and bars, 2,000 shops, 40 renowned theatres, 30 museums and galleries, 17 Michelin-starred restaurants and seven tranquil green spaces. Westminster’s night-time economy is the largest in the UK, generating £3 billion, with 3,800 firms employing nearly 60,000 people. Westminster is a world leader for creative industries, which cluster in the most creative square mile in the world – Soho, at the heart of the West End. The hub of Covent Garden/ Soho makes a particular contribution to London’s world city offer, as well as meeting Londoners’ needs.

EDUCATION Westminster is a world leader in the knowledge economy (55% of all jobs in the borough). It is also a world leading location for universities and higher education, home to the main campuses of three of the best universities in the world – Imperial College London, Kings College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – and hosting buildings or faculties of other major international universities. The borough is also home to the Royal Academy of Music, the Courtauld Institute and the London Business School, as well as the University of Westminster, the University of the Arts, Regent’s College, and the London campuses of several American and international universities.



Westminster City Council is committed to transforming the quality of life in the Church Street area. The masterplan seeks to deliver real change for the community by creating great places, opportunities for a healthy prosperous lifestyle, new homes and more jobs.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + WEST END PARTNERSHIP For the first time in the West End’s history, public and private sector partners have come together as the West End Partnership to agree a long term vision for the West End and deliver a 15-year investment programme to secure London’s position as a leading global city, attracting businesses, talent and visitors.

+ HARROW ROAD Westminster City Council has a vision to improve the Harrow Road area and create a place in which residents, businesses and workers will thrive. A comprehensive work programme is being developed in collaboration with a wide range of council services, focusing on three pillars: retail, housing and business growth.

INFRASTRUCTURE One of Westminster’s great strengths underpinning the economy is its accessibility

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The City of London Corporation is dedicated to a thriving global City supporting a strong and diverse London. The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the ‘Square Mile’. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: To support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills. In addition, the City of London Corporation charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, makes grants of around £20 million annually to tackle disadvantage across London. The City Corporation also helps look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City Gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important commons in London. The City of London Corporation also supports and promotes the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and researchdriven policies, all reflecting a long-term approach.

London Councils guide to development in the city of opportunity

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4. Barking and Dagenham 6. Barnet 8. Bexley 10. Brent 12. Bromley 14. Camden 16. City of London

18. Croydon 20. Ealing 22. Enfield 24. Greenwich 26. Hackney 28. Hammersmith & Fulham 30. Haringey



32. Harrow 34. Havering 36. Hillingdon 38. Hounslow 40. Islington 42. Kensington and Chelsea 44. Kingston

46. Lambeth 48. Lewisham 50. Merton 52. Newham 54. Redbridge 56. Richmond 58. Southwark 60. Sutton

62. Tower Hamlets 64. Waltham Forest 66. Wandsworth 68. Westminster



Natasha Pullan

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London Councils Guide to Development in the City of Opportunity  
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