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INTRODUCTION

Cllr darren Rodwell, London Councils In London, the future is always exciting. Londoners have always embraced change with creative energy - to re-invent the city for new times and seize new opportunities. London’s 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. London, and Londoners, love a challenge. Today, one of our key challenges is 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

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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. Darren Rodwell Executive member for housing and planning darren.rodwell@lbbd.gov.uk


London Councils guide to development in the city of opportunity

Catherine Mcguinness, city of london The City of London Corporation is delighted to support this London Councils Guide to Development in a 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. What unites us is the determination to work together to ensure London remains one of the greatest cities in the world. 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 Square Mile, which is home to the UK’s financial services sector. London is a leading cultural centre. It is one of the attributes that makes London such a great city to live, work and visit. 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 world’s best theatres. London is developing all the time. Transport

infrastructure and connectivity in London is set to be enhanced by the new Elizabeth line. This has the potential to bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of the City, while drastically reducing journey times to airports. Across London as a whole, it should result in 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 should improve London’s transport connections with the rest of the country, a vital issue, while a new runway at Heathrow is planned to boost the capacity of the world’s busiest airport network. London is and always will be a city of opportunity. That is what this guide is about.

Catherine McGuinness Chairman of policy and resources catherine.mcguinness@thecity.gov.uk

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BARKING AND DAGENHAM

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 projects 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. 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.

HOUSING

CONTACT:

Cllr Darren Rodwell Council leader darren.rodwell@lbbd.gov.uk

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The masterplan at Barking Riverside, a 180-ha brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames, accounts for a significant chunk of the 50,000 homes the council is planning to build over the next 20 years. With the council’s own housing company, Barking and Dagenham Reside and regeneration company, Be First, the mechanisms for housing delivery are already in place. With scope for 5,000 homes at Beam Park and the proposed tunnelling of the A13


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offering 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 Barking and Dagenham. With further education facilities such as Barking and Dagenham College and Coventry University’s London campus offering vocational and academic paths into employment for the borough’s young people, the borough is backing its future generations. With one of the youngest populations in the UK, Barking and Dagenham is building schools at pace. One is Greatfields, which is being built in stages as part of the new-development on the Gascoigne Estate, a flagship project by Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s pioneering regeneration company. Be First is also helping expand schools to keep up with the borough’s growing population. It has already delivered extensions to Barking Abbey School and Robert Clack.

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BARKING RIVERSIDE

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.”

The first phase at Barking Riverside, Parklands, is on-site and will be completed from spring this year. The development of 300 one, two and three-bedroom apartments (188 shared ownership and 112 private sale) will be part of one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, which will see 10,800 new homes and 65,000sq m of commercial space created, as well as retail and leisure facilities. A joint venture between L&Q and the mayor of London, and delivered by Barking Riverside Limited, the site of a former power station will be transformed into a green and healthy neighbourhood. Health centres, a GP surgery and community and sports facilities will be integrated into the 181-ha site, as part of London’s only ‘Healthy New Town’ project, an NHS initiative.

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Hooray for Dagenham – London’s new digital and media powerhouse. With two of the UK’s largest data centres already being built and London’s largest film studios centre on the way, Dagenham is set to be the capital’s latest hotspot for media and technology.

+ 360 BARKING + FRESH WHARF + CROWN HOUSE (CAMBRIDGE ROAD) + AXE STREET

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BARNET

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.

CONTACT:

Regeneration Service regeneration@barnet.gov.uk

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INFRASTRUCTURE The £3 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme is our most highprofile project. It will create a vibrant new town centre, just south of the A406 North Circular with 7,500 new homes, thousands of construction and permanent jobs and significant new work space. The programme will deliver the new Brent Cross West Thameslink station and other vital infrastructure which will support new and existing residents and businesses. This much-needed regeneration will bring huge benefits to local businesses and to the people of Barnet and London. Connectivity will be dramatically enhanced with improved infrastructure linking to the M1 corridor resulting in journey times to Kings Cross St Pancras in under 15 minutes. Improved amenity, well-designed and maintained public spaces for all to enjoy will also boost the lived experience for pedestrian and cyclists.


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We know that communities need welldesigned and integrated infrastructure and facilities to thrive. The programme to date has already delivered a new college in Colindale, schools, community spaces including the award-winning One Stonegrove, libraries, transport improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers and green space enhancements, with much 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, £41.5 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 muchneeded facilities for young people.

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.

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

HOUSING Barnet already has the largest population of any London borough. To meet demand for high-quality places to live, we are delivering new homes in our major regeneration schemes including Dollis Valley, West Hendon, Mill Hill East, Stonegrove and Spur Road and Colindale, and working with the Barnet Group to deliver new homes on councilowned infill sites. In 2018 the Stonegrove and Spur Road estate became the first of our major growth and regeneration projects to be completed, creating nearly 1,000 homes with improved living conditions, better roads and transport links, educational and community facilities, such as the London Academy and One Stonegrove Community Centre, and more open spaces for the people of Edgware to benefit from. January 2019 saw the completion of Ansell Court the council’s flagship extra care scheme providing 53 self-contained one and twobedroom apartments, which will enable adults with additional care and support needs to live independently. The service will also be able to support people who have dementia to maintain their life skills for longer. The Delivering for Barnet programme

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BEXLEY READY TO GROW Our adopted Growth Strategy aims to create up to 31,000 new homes and 17,500 new jobs over the next 30 years, while retaining the quality of life that sets Bexley apart from more urban areas. The draft Local Plan that will secure the delivery of the Strategy is currently out for public consultation.

CONNECTIVITY Bexley’s strategic position on the River Thames on the south-east edge of London is combined with first rate links to regional, national and international transport networks. The borough has excellent 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 in 20 to 30 minutes. The new Elizabeth line will bring Abbey Wood within 11 minutes of Canary Wharf, with a direct line into the West End and on to Heathrow and west London. The council is campaigning with the support of a growing body of influential partners for the extension of the service from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet, which will open up a wide range of exciting new development opportunities.

Bexley is ideally placed for new homes and industries. Within sight of central London, it’s a place of opportunity. There are large areas of land close to the River Thames that are ripe for development.

CONTACT:

Rod Lean Head of economic development rod.lean@bexley.gov.uk

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HOUSING Bexley’s riverside stretches nine 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 Growth Strategy sets out a realistic plan that could see the construction of thousands of new homes, primarily in the north of the borough, in new communities that reflect Bexley’s character and traditional appeal. Our new development company, BexleyCo, will play an important role in delivering growth, both as a developer in its own right and as a partner to others. It will do this through much-needed housing, commercial and employment-led development. The council and BexleyCo expect that these developments will include homes for sale, shared ownership, rent and lease.


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The riverside town of Erith is one of the borough’s key growth areas and the focus of the Greater Erith regeneration programme. This includes public realm improvements, a programme of meanwhile uses and the re-opening of the renovated Grade II listed Carnegie Library building as an arts and creative hub. Work is nearing completion on 600 new homes at Erith Quarry and a new riverfront residential development. The council is actively pursuing new development opportunities in and around the town centre.

JOBS 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. The council is working to promote Bexley as a location for new and growing enterprises. It is also working alongside Peabody to develop a unique Place & Making Institute in Thamesmead, to help tackle the increasingly serious skills shortage challenging plans for new growth and development in the southeast, and particularly in London. Bexley will soon launch a new high tech creative facility called the Engine House, which aims to provide new/micro local high-tech-creative businesses with the environment to grow and establish their business. www.enginehousebexley.london

With such assets, culture and the creative arts are a key part of our ambitions for the future. Bexley benefits from more than 100 green spaces and parks that are much prized by local people. They range from river and canal-side walks to small, medium 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 riverways that cross the borough, they offer the chance of peace and tranquillity that is rare so close to the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities.

CULTURE AND RECREATION Bexley has a wealth of cultural assets, from the Tudor magnificence of Hall Place & Gardens and the Victorian splendour of Crossness Engines, to Danson House and the intriguing gem of Red House, home of William Morris. These and other venues reflect arts and creativity, which 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 specialist higher education institution for theatre training. Bird College is a higher education and further education centre of excellence, with an international reputation in dance and theatre performance.

KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ERITH RIVERSIDE OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + PLACE & MAKING INSTITUTE + BELVEDERE + BEXLEY RIVERSIDE + BEXLEYHEATH TOWN CENTRE

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BRENT

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.

CONTACT:

Amar Dave Strategic director regeneration and environment amar.dave@brent.gov.uk

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CONNECTIVITY 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 the 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 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.

HOUSING 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.

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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 possible start in life, as well as a route into further education, training or employment.

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 super-fast links in and out of the area and across the country.

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.

WEMBLEY PARK 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% will be 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.

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+ 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.

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BROMLEY

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 Local Plan was adopted in January 2019 and sets out an ambitious vision for growth over the next 15 years. In Bromley town centre this will add to the significant investment that has 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.

HOUSING CONTACT:

Renewal Team 020 8313 4519

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Around 72% of 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 into 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.

land ownership, planning permission and a dedicated team. The museum will open to visitors in November this year. For more information visit: bhmm.org.uk

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.

KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY 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.

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

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + BIGGIN HILL STRATEGIC OUTER LONDON DEVELOPMENT CENTRE + CRAY INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR + ORPINGTON TOWN CENTRE

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, which opened in 2019, tells 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 fulfils 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,

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CAMDEN

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.

ART AND CULTURE CONTACT:

David Joyce Director of regeneration and planning david.joyce@camden.gov.uk

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The dramatic renewal of this two-station transport hub kick-started the regeneration of King’s Cross Central, 67 acres (27ha) 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 the 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).

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EUSTON 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.

CAMLEY STREET 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.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD + HOLBORN + WEST HAMPSTEAD INTERCHANGE + KENTISH TOWN REGIS ROAD

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CITY OF LONDON

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

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Already home to many of London’s most iconic buildings, the City skyline is set to change further. With eight tall buildings approved or under construction in the City cluster and over one million sq m of new office floorspace to be delivered, there is potential to accommodate over 100,000 extra workers. Alongside landmark towers, the City also offers 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.

Simon McGinn City property advisory CONNECTIVITY team manager Already the best-connected area of London, simon.mcginn@ the new Elizabeth line will stop at Farringdon cityoflondon.gov.uk and Liverpool Street, making it even easier

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travel to and from the City. Around 1.5 million additional visitors a year will be within a 45-minute journey of the area. 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, GB wifi network offers workers, residents and visitors unparalleled user speeds ranging from 50 to 180 MB 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, covering just over a single square mile, it is home to 513,000 jobs, which is 10% of London’s workforce. A 31% increase in jobs over the last five years demonstrates the strong pattern of growth. While the traditional sectors of finance, 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.

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EASTERN CLUSTER 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.

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CROYDON

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.

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Shifa Mustafa Executive director of place Shifa.Mustafa@croydon.gov.uk

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ART AND CULTURE Culture is at the heart of regeneration in Croydon, with 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 multimillion pound makeover of Croydon’s much-loved Fairfield Halls, due to complete September 2019, will be the centrepiece of the cultural quarter, creating a world-class entertainment venue in Croydon town centre. 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. 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 make


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Croydon a world-class shopping destination. The scheme by The Croydon Partnership – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson – is due to complete by 2023 and will bring up to 7,000 jobs and 1,000 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 One of the busiest interchanges in London, East Croydon station serves 26,000 passengers each day 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 targets for at least 32,890 new homes between 2016 and 2036, 40% of which are to be affordable and 30% to have three or more bedrooms. Croydon Council set up development company Brick by Brick in 2016 to deliver around 2,000 much-needed new homes for Croydon residents, both private and affordable to buy and rent, and its first homes went on sale in February. Around 300 Brick by Brick properties will be delivered for Croydon Affordable Homes, an independent charity the council set up in July 2017 to provide affordable rented homes for local residents at 65% of the usual market rent.

ENTERPRISE Croydon has nearly 15,000 businesses with strong clusters of digital, engineering, construction, finance, retail, public sector & government organisations. The borough has seen annual business growth of 6.5% in 2016-2017. In February, Croydon was hailed as a “centre for innovation and enterprise” by the deputy mayor for London, Rajesh Agrawal, while businesses are constantly being attracted to the area. It is home to new employers including HMRC, the Green Energy Network and EDF Energy, which have brought thousands of jobs to the borough. In December 2018 Croydon was named one of the mayor of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones – bringing £1million investment to help creative industries flourish and grow. The development of Croydon as a music city, a pioneering new cultural internship programme and subsidised studio space for under-25s are just some of the projects under way.

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RUSKIN SQUARE 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 creating a new quarter amongst the extensive regeneration taking place. Boxpark now operates its highly sought-after retail and leisure destination at Ruskin Square, comprising 80 food and beverage units around a live events space. Nearby, the first of five office buildings (17,000sq m) is now occupied in its entirety by HM Revenue and Customs and detailed planning consent has been granted for the second 18,500sq m commercial building. In total, Ruskin Square will provide up to 116,128sq m of much-needed high specification business space.

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EALING

In the heart of west London, Ealing has always been a sought-after place to live, work and bring up families. With London’s biggest housebuilding programme, along with new infrastructure and town centres now being developed, it’s time to talk to Ealing. CONNECTIVITY Well-connected by three underground lines and mainline rail, Ealing will get full Elizabeth line connectivity to five stations in 2020. 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. The Elizabeth line 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).

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Tony Clements Executive director of place clementst @ealing.gov.uk

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HOUSING 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 Acton Gardens and Copley Hanwell W7, 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 168,000 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


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residential, where appropriate, to increase job opportunities. Ealing is an enterprising place 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 more than 10 years, helping hundreds of young people into their first job. The Elizabeth line 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 village 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.

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2,500 NEW GENUINELY AFFORDABLE HOMES BY 2022 Ealing Council has a commitment to deliver 2,500 genuinely affordable homes across the borough by 2022. To achieve this, the council submitted an ambitious programme of council house building to the GLA for funding under the Mayor of London’s £1billion ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme. The council was successful in securing nearly £100m and a target of 1,138 builds – the biggest in the capital. These homes will be available via tenures including social rent, London Living Rent and London Affordable Rent and will be Ealing Council housing builds. The council is now looking for partners to help it deliver on the balance in a range of locations and specifications throughout the borough. If you have the ambition, scope and vision to work with a local authority that has one of the best track records for delivery and private/public sector partnership working in the UK, then contact a member of the Ealing In London team today. www.ealinginlondon.co.uk #Ealingworld

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 the recently restored Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, which has been brought back to its former glory after a £12 million council conceived restoration project, Questors Theatre and Ealing Film Studios, which is home to thriving creative businesses and 800 workers. Construction is well underway on Ealing Filmworks, a heritage-designed eight-screen cinema due for completion next year and a new plaza and leisure quarter to follow afterwards. Developments are also under way in the area around Southall station to make it a vibrant, inclusive residential and cultural neighbourhood.

Copley, Hanwell W7

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ENFIELD

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.

CONTACT: investinenfield.co.uk invest@enfield.gov.uk

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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. Also, 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. Enfield is fast building an award-winning reputation for the design quality of its own housing schemes, with projects such as Dujardin Mews and Ordnance Road securing national acclaim.

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.

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MERIDIAN WATER 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 summer 2019 Meridian Water is being 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. The first phase of this 127-home scheme is now complete, with the second phase, which will also include 1,000sq m of commercial and community space, now under way.

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.

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GREENWICH

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of the most iconic places in Europe to live and work, just minutes from central London’s commercial district. The borough is home to 275,000 residents and this number is growing – with an increasing proportion of young, diverse residents. 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, Woolwich arsenal and out to Thamesmead. 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. We are proud that 25% of the borough is green open space. CONTACT:

Pippa Hack Director, regeneration, enterprise and skills pippa.hack@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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CONNECTIVITY Royal Greenwich’s current connections to central London include mainline railway stations, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Underground’s Jubilee line as well as a riverboat service to central London. Completion of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) will see new stations at Woolwich and Abbey Wood and enable access 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 home to the Smart City project testing innovative future-tech, such as driverless vehicles.

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


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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 University London and Trinity Laban, are based in the borough, and there are adult community learning providers. These are 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.

HOUSING Greenwich has the third highest housing target in London and is actively working to deliver homes that meet the diverse needs of the borough and London more widely. Greenwich Peninsula will see the development of 15,000 homes over the next 20 years, creating a whole new piece of the city.

KEY OPPORTUNITIES + CHARLTON RIVERSIDE The Charlton Riverside Masterplan outlines up to 7,500 new homes and 4,400 additional jobs along with two new parks, new health clinics and schools. Its rich industrial heritage will shape a series of new neighbourhoods, integrating residential development with modern industrial, office and creative employment opportunities.

+ WOOLWICH With the development of the Royal Arsenal nearing completion and the opening of Crossrail. Woolwich is playing an increasingly significant role in delivering positive growth in London. Substantial public sector investment in the Creative District and a new flagship leisure centre is leading the transformation of Woolwich. A comprehensive package of new policies and strategies is being developed to proactively drive change and deliver the right mix of workspace, retail, leisure and housing that makes for a vibrant and interesting town centre.

+ THAMESMEAD Once dubbed the ‘town of the 21st century’, Thamesmead was conceived in the 1960s as an ambitious social and architectural experiment. 50 years on, the Royal Borough is seeking to revitalise the potential of the area’s original ambitious vision to address the current day housing crisis by delivering the final piece of the puzzle: transport links. A series of transport interventions, including extending the DLR, will establish the area as London’s New Town - a place for communities to grow, offering the best of both the city and nature, close transport links to the city centre and an abundance of green space on every doorstep.

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HACKNEY

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

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Stephen Haynes Director, strategy, policy and economic development stephen.haynes@ hackney.gov.uk

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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 the borough as 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 Carnival, the Dalston Children’s Festival,


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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. We have rebuilt or refurbished all of our secondary and special schools and delivered six new academies, and we will complete three more new schools by 2022. 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 is building. The council will directly deliver nearly 2,000 new homes between 2018 and 2022, with the majority for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership. Alongside that is Europe’s largest single-site regeneration programme at Woodberry Down, where, in partnership with local residents, a housing association and a developer, we’re building another 5,500 homes next to stunning new wetlands. A not-for-profit company will deliver homes for a living rent, saving renters currently priced out of the market around £800 per month and giving them a decent home in which to live while they can save up for a deposit to buy. The borough’s draft Local Plan prioritises affordable housing, with anyone who builds even a single home now required to contribute to the provision of homes for social or living rent.

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 building 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 has awarded the council £10 million to explore innovative ways to get residents to become more physically active.

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HACKNEY CENTRAL Hackney Central is one of the borough’s major town centres and its civic heart, home to the Grade II listed Town Hall, central library, cinema and historic Hackney Empire. A major new music and events venue will open later in 2019 at St John at Hackney Church as part of a landmark restoration. A masterplan sets out the Council’s aspirations for new retail space, leisure uses, homes and jobs in improved public spaces. The Council has recently secured investment into key streets and public spaces and there are more opportunities to come.

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

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We’re the borough of growth; growth for all, regardless of background, as we strive to make H&F the best place in which to live, work and play in Europe. This is why we’ve put together our ground-breaking Industrial Strategy in partnership with Imperial College London to ensure all residents share in the prosperity of a booming borough. ENTERPRISE

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Jo Rowlands Strategic director, growth and place jo.rowlands@lbhf. gov.uk

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White City is now the UK’s new capital of life sciences innovation with the likes of Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and Open Cell, one of the most affordable bio-tech hubs in London, moving in. This is the result of our aim to make the borough one of the leading destinations in the country for the bio-tech, digital and creative industries. While Imperial continue to expand their sprawling White City campus with a new research home for its Department of Chemistry and the opening of the Molecular Sciences Research Hub (MSRH). Works have also begun on a new state-ofthe-art School of Public Health facility to find pioneering new approaches to society’s most pressing healthcare challenges – from fighting deadly infectious diseases to the treatment of dementia. Innovation is in this borough’s DNA. It’s the birthplace of world-famous brands and our thriving economy is home to many

international businesses such as L’Oreal, Harrods and Fox TV. While big firms continue to move here, with ITV switching studios from the South Bank to White City and the Nasdaq-listed Autolus moving in. More than 670,000sq ft of office space was taken up in H&F last year which was a huge increase on the 409,000sq ft acquired in 2017. Our regeneration projects are breathing verve and vigour into White City, Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith town centre and Fulham. Alongside Westfield London, we’ve created more than 12,000 jobs in the borough, and another 8,000 jobs are on the way in the Westfield expansion, which has made it the largest shopping centre in Europe. 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’re in a great location for businesses, being the nearest major business centre to


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Heathrow with exceptional transport links and 14 tube stations, bringing the West End and City within easy reach. While a new HS2/Elizabeth line station will be delivered in Old Oak by 2026 alongside potentially two new Overground stations which will make it the UK’s most wellconnected transport interchange station as well as Europe’s largest Opportunity Area.

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 47,800 homes by the end of 2035 and creating 94,500 jobs. They are in: •

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Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation 20,100 homes 40,400 jobs White City 6,000 homes 10,000 jobs Hammersmith 2,800 homes 10,000 jobs Fulham 7,000 homes 9,000 jobs South Fulham Riverside 4,000 homes 5,000 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: 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. Fulham FC will redevelop its Riverside Stand to increase the capacity at its Craven Cottage stadium to 29,600. The work will also see the Thames Path opened for the first time, for pedestrians to walk from Hammersmith to Putney Bridge. We have some of the best parks in the capital, with 15 having Green Flag status and we’re working hard to protect our parks and open spaces from development.

ENVIRONMENT We launched London’s first electric car club and are installing 200 electric car charging points, with more on the way as we aim to become the greenest borough in the country. 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.

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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.

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HARINGEY

Haringey is our home, and we are proud of it. As a council we are ambitious for Haringey’s future and have great ambitions for the people who live here. We are investing in making our places better so our communities can live healthy lives, work and play. Strong families, strong networks and strong communities give residents the opportunity to live well and achieve their potential.

HOUSING Haringey Council’s aim is to increase significantly the supply of housing in the borough. Our aspiration is for all our residents to have a safe, stable and genuinely affordable home. As a council, we are placing a particular focus on new homes on our land, where the primary aim will always be to maximise housing owned by us, let at council rents. We have pledged to deliver 1,000 new council homes by 2022. We know we can’t deliver all the homes that the borough, and London, needs on our own. We are working with a number of different partners – on council-owned land and beyond – to provide a diverse range of housing choices to meet local need and that local people can really afford. Our partnership with Lendlease at High Road West will bring forward 2,500 homes in north Tottenham. In Tottenham Hale, we have taken a portfolio approach to housing delivery, with more than 2,000 homes being built, in all tenures, by partners including Argent Related, Berkeley Square Homes, Newlon Housing Trust and more.

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Dan Hawthorn Director of housing, regeneration & planning tottenhamregeneration@haringey.gov.uk woodgreenregeneration@haringey.gov.uk

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Supporting and growing our diverse and dynamic business community is an important goal for Haringey Council. We are committed to investing in and improving our services to business, whether small, medium or large.


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The council has introduced a discounted business rates scheme, and made a flagship commitment to building the wealth of the borough by prioritising local business in the way the council spends its own money. Our Opportunity Investment Fund, jointly funded by the mayor of London, has helped more than 19 local small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive in Tottenham, including breweries, community cafés, a climbing centre and a roller disco amongst many more. Alongside this, a new ‘Productive Valley Fund’, a Lea Valley-wide loan fund scheme, will enable small businesses to grow and attract other companies to the area, creating over 200 jobs. Both Wood Green and Tottenham have received awards from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, to boost their local High Streets helping them remain a vibrant and bustling part of community life. South Tottenham is now designated a Creative Enterprise Zone. Creative industries are now Tottenham’s fastest growing sector, experiencing growth of 127% over the last five years and accounting for 4,400 jobs and 660 businesses. The funding will secure new training, skills development and job opportunities for local residents, as well as provide business support and networking for local creative businesses.

JOBS AND TRAINING The regeneration of Wood Green and Tottenham will create 4000 and 5000 new jobs respectively. The council is committed to ensuring that regeneration of the borough benefits all of our residents, particularly through the creation of employment and skills opportunities from all major developments. The council is committed to working collaboratively in supporting our developer partners in accessing the pool of local talent and skills within Haringey.

EDUCATION When it comes to education, Haringey is top of the 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 world class education, we’re proud to be home to the London Academy of Excellence and Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, a specialist college which inspires the students of today to become the digital pioneers of tomorrow.

SPORTS AND LEISURE Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is flying high in the Premier League and off the field is cementing north Tottenham as a destination for Haringey, London and beyond. Its state of-the-art circa 62,000 capacity stadium is expected to attract 1.5 million annual visitors. The first UK stadium with a retractable pitch, it will host gigs and bring American football to London, as well as new leisure opportunities and extreme sports facilities. Parks and open spaces make up a quarter of the borough and 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. 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.

INFRASTRUCTURE Exceptionally well-connected, Haringey is served by 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 and we have fast direct links to Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, Stratford, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

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HARROW

Harrow is the location for investment. It has thriving, skilled, diverse communities, outstanding schools, excellent accessibility and a unique heritage. The diversity of ethnicity and faith provides a cultural and investment context that celebrates every corner of the globe. CONTACT:

Jan Rowley Regeneration programme director (interim) community directorate jan.rowley@harrow.gov.uk

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BUILDING A BETTER HARROW 100 years ago, Harrow was mostly fields. Our borough was forged by the housebuilding wave known as “MetroLand”, as an expanding London needed new, well-designed and comfortable homes for its workers and their families. Today, we see another great leap in demand for homes – and we are proud to be building a better Harrow to meet that demand. As a council, we’ve completed our first new council homes in a generation – as the borough sees thousands of new homes come to market, on sites that have lain fallow for too long. And alongside the new housing that’s rising up to redefine Harrow’s internationally recognised skyline – Harrow’s connectivity, opportunities and prosperity are rising, too.

LONDON’S BEST FOR BUSINESS Harrow has been named London’s best borough for small businesses – and walking the


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borough’s streets, it’s easy to see why. Town centres and local high streets are thriving – with vacancy rates at or close to record lows, and footfall setting new records. Shopfronts are packed with small, independent businesses, from shoe sellers to solicitors, while behind the scenes Harrow’s SMEs manufacture, distribute and wheel-and-deal their way to prosperity. Harrow’s business community has the getup-and-go; the local pool of hard-working talent; and the support of an innovative Council. Like the rest of London, all it needs now, is more office and retail space to make the most of!

BUILDING A BETTER HARROW 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 and will improve lives, provide homes and jobs, enhance conditions for business and energise Harrow as a place. Over the next decade we will deliver thousands of new homes; new shops, offices, culture and leisure facilities, and public buildings such as schools and health centres, and; improve our public realm, green spaces, and transport network.

WORLD FAMOUS FOR SCHOOLS Harrow is famed throughout the world as a place for gold standard education. And it’s not just the area’s renowned private schools that have earned that reputation. Following a decade of investment in Harrow’s primary and secondary school estates, totalling more than £100 million, Harrow has added thousands of new high-quality school places and facilities. With more than 60 schools to choose from at primary level alone – and with more than 90% of them rated good or outstanding by Ofsted – it’s no wonder that Harrow is independently rated as the number one place in the UK to live if you want your children to get a great education.

DIVERSITY AND HARMONY London is the most cosmopolitan city in the world – and Harrow is the most diverse borough in London, with more faiths represented here than anywhere else in the UK. From Animists to Zoroastrians, you’ll find spectacular places of worship side by side, as people from all over the world find Harrow a great place to work, live and raise their families. Better yet, in this melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, more than 90% of Harrow people consistently say they believe people from all backgrounds get on well together and live in harmony. It’s no coincidence, in these troubled times, that Harrow is also consistently ranked as the safest borough in London.

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Great things are happening in Harrow, and you can be part of it. Building a Better Harrow is transforming our borough, creating new homes for our families and workplaces and spaces for the 21st century. We understand that new communities need new opportunities and jobs just as much as they need homes and schools. We’re already the most business-friendly borough in London – and whether you’re an entrepreneur or a multi-national, there’s something for you here in Harrow. Come and join us! buildingabetterharrow.co.uk

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HAVERING CONNECTIVITY Crossrail is set to have a significant impact on Havering when the £14.8 billion project is completed. Havering has three Elizabeth line stations, with Gidea Park, Harold Wood and Romford, all set for faster connections to central London and Heathrow airport, as well as the City of London in 17 minutes.

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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.

CONTACT:

Neil Stubbings Director of regeneration neil.stubbings@havering.gov.uk

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Havering has three joint venture partnerships to deliver £3 billion of new housing and regeneration, demonstrating that the borough is an attractive investment opportunity for developers. We have significant plans to create new communities, space for businesses and public amenities including schools and health facilities over the coming years as well as increasing bio-diversity in built up areas. The 12 Estates programme represents the biggest housing regeneration project in the borough. The joint venture partnership between Havering Council and national developer Wates Residential will see 12 council estates regenerated to provide around 3,000 homes for local people over the next 12 years. The long-term partnership between Havering Council and Wates Residential will see an overhaul of the borough’s existing council accommodation. The high quality homes will be designed to meet local needs and will deliver improved provision, with council rented accommodation increasing by up to 300%. As part of the project, Havering Council and Wates Residential have also made a joint pledge to deliver a lasting legacy for the community through investment in skills, training, education and local facilities. The council predicts social benefits for phase one of the project will be worth around £6.8 million. The Rainham and Beam Park development area is one of 30 housing zones created by the Greater London Authority in 2016. These are identified areas with the greatest potential for housebuilding projects. Havering Council is working with Notting Hill Genesis to build over 1000 homes in this area, redeveloping a number of key sites along New Road and the


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A1306 in Rainham. The plans 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 two-kilometre linear park. Romford also features a housing zone, for which First Base and Savills Investment Management, are the joint venture partners. This will see around 1000 new homes delivered alongside a mix of workspace and community amenities such as a new school and health facility on Bridge Close, currently an industrial area of Romford within the ringroad. It will also create a pedestrian bridge to link the site to Romford rail station and a new riverside walkway and public spaces, bringing the River Rom back into full use. The council’s own private-rented sector housing provider, Mercury Land Holdings (MLH), was set up in 2015 to help meet housing demand. In May 2017, it took control of 65 luxury one, two and three bedroom homes at Cathedral Court in Romford. Their new development of 44 homes on North Street in Hornchurch is on schedule and set to be available before the end of 2019. MLH is now set to increase its stock holding to over 400 units in the coming years.

ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION Havering’s growing network of business centres, improving infrastructure, its bid for a Heathrow Logistics Hub with partner SEGRO and a new partnership with London City Airport are all pointing to stellar business growth for London’s third largest borough, and increasingly a rising star of the east. Havering is the home of CEME, the Centre for Engineering and Mechanical Excellence and the council is now partnering with Havering College and SEGRO, with an aim to set up a new Centre for Construction and Logistics Innovation in Rainham. Havering is already home to over 8,300 businesses, employs 108,200 people of working age and sees approximately 1,000 new enterprises launched every year. Nearly half the residents commute within the borough, helping to sustain a strong local economy and an excellent employment rate.

Its key business towns of Romford and Rainham have a distinct commercial appeal, which attracts diverse business sectors.

QUALITY OF LIFE Havering is well known for its 14 Green Flag parks – the national standard for high-quality open spaces. We also have the largest area of wetlands in the upper Thames Estuary at Rainham Marshes. Together with the surrounding marshlands, which date back to the early Middle Ages, we are home to a wide range of flora and fauna. We have an award-winning theatre, Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, which has been voted ‘most-welcoming in the east’ by the UK Theatre Organisation’ in 2017 and 2018. Sapphire Ice and Leisure on Western Road in Romford, which celebrated its first anniversary in February 2019, is a state of the art leisure facility featuring an ice rink and swimming pool and work has started on a brand new leisure centre at Hornchurch. While construction takes place on the new complex in Hornchurch, the current centre will be open as usual to residents and visitors, right up until the grand opening of the new centre in 2020. This new Hornchurch facility will include a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, a 20m wide learning and diving pool with movable floor to change the depth, a 100+ station health and fitness suite, three exercise studios and top-class changing facilities. The council is also investing money into refurbishing Central Park Leisure Centre, Harold Hill and further options for leisure facilities are being looked at, as part of the regeneration work taking place across the borough.

KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY Havering Council has ambitious plans to regenerate the borough. The scale of opportunity is immense, and requires a variety of approaches as we aim to attract and harness private sector investment supported by public sector funding. We are already successfully operating three Joint Venture Partnerships to deliver £3 billion of new housing and regeneration, demonstrating that we can offer very attractive investment opportunities for developers.

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HILLINGDON

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 ncramb@hillingdon.gov.uk

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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 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

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HOUNSLOW

Hounslow’s Golden Mile has attracted global companies for decades. With its close proximity to Heathrow Airport, the 2.4 miles of the A4 Great West Road has one of the capital’s great business arteries. Across the Golden Mile, positive change is coming as exciting plans for business, transport and new developments take place.

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CONTACT:

Sarah Scannell Head of development management sarah.scannell@ hounslow.gov.uk

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The area is a key driver of Hounslow’s economy, with 450 businesses and 24,000 jobs and global companies including Sky, GlaxoSmithKline, Allianz Insurance, EMC Limited, WorleyParsons and JC Decaux Limited. So, is it any wonder that the Great West Corridor has been identified as an opportunity area by the mayor of London? The council launched its consultation on its 15year plan for this gateway corridor at MIPIM, where the world’s property and regeneration leaders come together. Hounslow Council’s head of spatial planning, Danalee Edmund, has been working on the masterplan, and says it’s a very exciting time for this west London borough. She says “The Great West Corridor is already home to some pretty major companies, but what we have planned will completely transform the area. We are aiming for big housing numbers of 7,500 new homes,

and 14,000 new jobs, and we are working on the masterplan for the whole area. We’re in talks with TfL for a new station, an Elizabeth line shuttle to link the area to Southall, where you can be in London’s West End within 19 minutes and Canary Wharf in just 31 minutes, and the West London Orbital out to Brent Cross. We also want to improve walking and cycling, so the developments are being set back with wider pavements for people to walk on and a cycle super highway to encourage people to get out of their cars. What we’ve found is the area is quite fragmented, so we want to connect it to existing neighbourhoods such as Boston Manor and Brentford town centre. It’s about bringing the right facilities and infrastructure into the area so that businesses want to move in. And with new shops, cafes, schools, a leisure centre, as well as access to our wonderful parks, and genuinely affordable housing, it’s going to attract a quality workforce too. “It’s about making the area a desirable place for people to live and work.” Hounslow’s strategic director for housing,


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planning and communities, Peter Matthew added: “Hounslow is leading to make things happen. We have the leadership drive for well-planned and high-quality development, and more and better housing. We have strong working relationships with the mayor of London and the GLA, and partners. And, we have governance arrangements and proactive planning that swiftly enable and manage development proposals. These are good times – Hounslow is making its future happen, today”.

is keen to build more social rented and other genuinely affordable housing and shares our ambition for the future of the capital. It really is great to have partners such as Hounslow who understand the key role that they play, and we have a really strong relationship with, and who we can work closely together with for the future of the capital.”

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IMPRESSIVE HOUNSLOW Hounslow’s ambitious plans to transform the borough and build more genuinely affordable homes have been praised by the deputy mayor for housing and residential development, James Murray, who is working closely with the council to help them build the homes that Londoners need. Murray says that Hounslow Council is really stepping up when it comes to meeting these housing needs. He says: “The mayor wants to work really closely with councils across London and councils such as Hounslow are really stepping up to play their part. Hounslow is building more social rented and other genuinely affordable homes and is really playing its part in what the mayor wants to achieve across London. We work really closely with the leadership team, with the councillors and the officers in Hounslow, to make sure that we can support their plans to be as ambitious as possible in delivering new homes in the borough. Hounslow is always keen to get involved in the mayor’s programme, whether that’s building council homes for Londoners, investing in affordable housing or, more broadly, new infrastructure and community facilities. It is a strong partner and doing impressive work.” On Hounslow’s strong partnership with City Hall, Murray adds: “Hounslow is ambitious and realises that, along with other boroughs across London, it needs to play its part in building the homes Londoners need. From City Hall’s point of view, it’s great to work with boroughs such as Hounslow, which

A new Golden Mile Station will improve travel in and out of Brentford thanks to an Elizabeth line shuttle. Connections with Syon Lane, Boston Manor Park and Osterley Park, the HQ of Sky, will also be put into place. The Sky campus is undergoing a transformative regeneration bringing more production, broadcasting and film opportunities in a creative and entrepreneurial environment.

TRANSPORT AVENUE INDUSTRIAL QUARTER This area will be safeguarded as a strategic industrial location, with more business opportunities and improved access to the Grand Union Canal Walk and Boston Manor Park.

LONDON GATEWAY OFFICE QUARTER There are plans to transform this area into a high-profile office hub around GlaxoSmithKline and University of West London. There will be new Grade A office buildings along the stretch of the M4 and A4, high quality public realm, better transport connections and more local shops and cafes.

RIVER BRENT QUARTER This area will see the extension of the residential development of Brentford Lock to the north so people can live locally to their place of work, including families, with special attention paid to create quality pedestrian routes.

BRENTFORD STADIUM CORRIDOR Infill development along the M4 will see an employment buffer with residential sitting behind, as well as improved connections and a mixed-use urban quarter around the new Brentford Community Stadium.

POWER ROAD CREATIVE AND LIGHT INDUSTRIAL QUARTER Power Road will be a place for light industrial and creative uses, with public spaces. There will be better connections with the Brentford Stadium Quarter and improvements to Gunnersbury station.

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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@ islington.gov.uk

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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: the

borough’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 mainly office-based jobs could be created in Islington by 2036. To accommodate this, an additional 400,000sq 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 and despite its severe land constraints a high level of housing delivery continues. Over 5,000 homes are projected to be delivered over the next five years. The council has a requirement that at least 50% of new homes must be genuinely affordable.

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FORMER HOLLOWAY PRISON SITE OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + CLERKENWELL FIRE STATION + MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL, OLD STREET 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.

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KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA

Kensington and Chelsea, despite its small geographical area is a borough of contrasts. It is an area of great diversity, 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 Director, planning and place graham.stallwood@rbkc.gov.uk

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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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KENSAL CANALSIDE 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.

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KINGSTON

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

Kevin Munnelly Corporate head of service for regeneration and economic development kingstonfutures@kingston.gov.uk

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INTRODUCTION 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 youth 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. Its recently endorsed Economic Growth & Development Strategy aims to shape Kingston’s future into a vibrant place by creating the right spaces and buildings in which


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people can live, work and study.

LOCATION Located just 17 minutes from central London and close to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the borough’s connectivity is hard to match. Train services to London will become faster and more frequent with 10 potential Crossrail 2 stations on the horizon. A £30 million Go Cycle programme aims to encourage more people to cycle and ensure better, cleaner streets and public places.

TALENT League tables show Kingston University in 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 consistently tops the tables for student startup businesses in the UK. Kingston College is a major provider of full-time, part-time and undergraduate courses. 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 popular, with academic standards amongst the highest in the country.

CULTURE AND HERITAGE Kingston has a growing reputation as a regional attraction for heritage, culture and the arts. The council and its partners have formed Creative Kingston, a Community Interest Company dedicated to increasing cultural spaces across the borough and developing a creative industries network which will deliver a wider programme of activities. Kingston is seeing local cultural and creative industries prosper through its rich confluence of people, ideas and ambition. It is developing as a cultural and creative centre that capitalises on the borough’s history of creative thinking and unleashes the vibrancy of the borough.

approaches to cope with the many challenges and create new opportunities for business and local communities. We are focusing on “smarter” approaches in creating modern infrastructure and delivering services. One such example of its ambition is being part of a consortium of South London boroughs who are working together to establish a sustainable, region-wide, multipurpose Internet of Things (IoT) platform. This platform would connect various IoT-enabled sensors across council boundaries to gather data about, for example, air quality, traffic, footfall and parking space availability. Kingston also recently became the first borough in the capital to launch free 24/7 public WiFi across the borough with a presence on each of its high streets, which include: Kingston town centre, Surbiton, Chessington, Tolworth and New Malden.

ECONOMY 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 new businesses and relocate established companies. With a growing base of 8,000 businesses in the borough, Kingston is a great place for businesses to network, develop and succeed. Kingston is looking to facilitate additional flexible workspace provision for an increasing number of new businesses so that as they grow, facilities and offices are available for them to thrive.

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KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE To augment the town’s position as one of the UK’s most successful retail centres, co-working space and the provision of more offices are being developed to support both new and established businesses. This will boost economic activity and new Grade A office space, complementing residential development in the town centre.

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Kingston is playing an important role in shaping thinking in how innovation can be harnessed to improve our borough. The council is committed to “smart city”

There are a number of key sites outside Kingston town centre coming forward for development including: Cocks Crescent, Small Sites Programme, Kingsmeadow site and surroundings.

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LAMBETH

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

CONTACT: For more information and to contact the team, visit lambethnow.co.uk

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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, National Theatre, South Bank Centre, Shell UK and BFI 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,

Vauxhall, the South Bank and Waterloo 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 has developed an award winning programme of affordable and supportive workspaces across the borough. The council works with specialist providers to bring


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forward inspiring places to work, including Pop Brixton, International House (London’s largest affordable workspace), Build Studios, LJ Works and Tripod Brixton.

Lambeth’s schools achieve at or above national expectations and 95% of Lambeth schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

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.

HOUSING Lambeth’s wholly council-owned development company Homes for Lambeth (HfL) has been established to build more and better homes for the people of Lambeth. Homes for Lambeth has an ambitious development programme with a total investment value of over £1.5 billion and the potential to build 3,500 replacement and new homes. Once fully operational, it will be one of the largest house builders in central London. The council’s Your 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. Across all phases, children at

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BRIXTON CENTRAL 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 Recently vacated by Lambeth Council, this 10-storey office building in the heart of Vauxhall is set to undergo substantial refurbishment. The improvements will provide over 70,000sq ft grade A office space. BNP Paribas Real Estate are the council’s retained agent. Homes for Lambeth has an ambitious development programme with a total investment value of over £1.5bn and the potential to build 3,500 replacement and new homes. Once fully operational, it will be one of the largest house builders in central London.

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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.

REGENERATION 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.

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Karen Fiagbe Business partnership and engagement manager karen.fiagbe@ lewisham.gov.uk

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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 the 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 is a leader in council-led mixed-use regeneration schemes, with strong partnership working with bodies such as the Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the Environment Agency to ensure delivery across a range of strategic sites, in addition to significant regeneration of key transport hubs and town centres. The council remains committed to bringing forward high quality and genuinely affordable homes, having exceeded its cumulative London Plan housing target since the adoption of its Core Strategy in 2011. Lewisham is also a leader in facilitating innovative and awardwinning housing provision, such as PLACE/ Ladywell, a modular development that provides specialist accommodation along with affordable workspace for start-ups and creative industries.


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ENTERPRISE Lewisham is the emerging borough for the creative and digital sector, which has seen employment growth of 71% over the past five years, faster than the 34% for the capital. 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 include 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 a 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 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. They include Deptford Market Yard which won a London Planning Award.

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CATFORD The 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 New Cross & Deptford is designated a Creative Enterprise Zone. 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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MERTON

Merton Council and Transport for London are working in partnership to regenerate Morden town centre; looking to transform not only the look and feel of Morden, but also to redefine the next generation of suburban London living. As two key landowners, Merton Council and Transport for London (TfL) are working closely together to bring the comprehensive housing led 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 and housing, both parties have an interest in playing an active role in the regeneration and ensuring long-term benefits for Morden. 2019 will be an exciting year for Morden, with work leading towards the intended procurement of a development partner.

This is a unique opportunity for a precedent setting development for many other outerLondon town centres, which are served by Underground stations. Merton Council and TfL are seeking a high quality scheme that delivers social, environmental and economic benefits. A joint venture development partner will be sought via a procurement process that is due to be launched in 2019. Investment returns can be realised through sale of development upon completion and income derived from commercial and residential lettings.

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Paul McGarry Head of futureMerton future,merton @merton.gov.uk

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The Morden regeneration will deliver a residential-led, mixed use scheme development of c.2,000 new high quality homes, an improved retail offer, new public realm and improvements to the local transport 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 line and Thameslink railway stations; and only a 10-minute drive from the A3 trunk road. With more than 27,000 daily users of the


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tube station and a PTAL rating of 6, Morden benefits from excellent access to public transport. Both Merton Council and TfL 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 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.

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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MORDEN

The regeneration of Morden is forecast to provide a significant amount of new and affordable high-quality homes. 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 and TfL’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 with 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.

Image: Merton Council and TfL

This 8.1-ha town centre site includes Morden Underground Station, the southern terminus of the Northern Line. Journey times: Bank 30 minutes, Waterloo 25 minutes. Adjacent to the site are two large parks; The National Trust’s Morden Hall Park and Morden Park and Leisure Centre. The 15-storey civic centre building, accommodates Merton Council’s staff.

KEY FACTS PROJECT OWNER: London Borough of Merton and TfL INVESTMENT TYPE: Development partner sought GROSS DEVELOPMENT VALUE: c. £800m DEVELOPMENT COST: c. £625m PLANNING STATUS: Pre-planning design stage COMPLETION: Phased over 8-10 years

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NEWHAM

Newham is home to some of the largest and most exciting developments in Europe. From the new businesses, cultural organisations and housing in Stratford, to the multibillion 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. Over £22 billion is being invested in the next 15 years, creating more than 43,000 homes and 100,000 jobs. JOBS Newham has seen the landscape of the borough change beyond recognition. Our Workplace job brokerage service has been at the forefront of change, working hard with businesses and partners to ensure local residents are the first in line for the thousands of new opportunities created.

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Robin Cooper Head of regeneration robin.cooper@newham.gov.uk

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The £3.7 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


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private sale, shared ownership and rent at affordable prices. The new-look Carpenters Estate will bring many benefits to both new and existing residents. Work has commenced to create a residential-led masterplan and the council’s commitment is to provide 50% affordable homes on all our projects.

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 Elizabeth line train stations are nearing completion, 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.

EDUCATION Newham has some of the best-performing schools in the country. 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.

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ROYAL DOCKS 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.

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

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A new resident-led masterplan Potential for new and refurbished homes High-quality public and community spaces New education centres

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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 A new two-way traffic system, road calming measures and more cycle lanes Grade A office spaces Additional retail space

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REDBRIDGE

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, 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 matthew.essex@redbridge.gov.uk

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CONNECTIVITY By 2020, 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.

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ILFORD 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 1,000. 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 Elizabeth line 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. The first phase of the vision, The Spark, opens this summer, bringing affordable workspace for new and established creative companies into the heart of the town centre alongside Mercato Metropolitano’s covered food market.

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RICHMOND

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. CONTACT:

Steve Diamond Head of employment and enterprise delivery (Richmond and Wandsworth) sdiamond@wandsworth.gov.uk

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ENTERPRISE 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.

QUALITY OF LIFE In 2017 the borough was voted the happiest place to live in London for the third year in a


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row, taking account of criteria including local services, nature and green spaces, friendliness 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.

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STAG BREWERY, MORTLAKE This is the borough’s largest redevelopment area, previously owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev and acquired by Reselton Properties. Three planning applications have been submitted associated with the redevelopment of this 8.6-ha site and which are currently under consideration. The scheme incorporates a new recreational, commercial and living quarter and a secondary school, creating vibrant links between the river and the town.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + TWICKENHAM STATION Twickenham Gateway is the transformation and re-development of 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. The new station, including the forecourt and ticket office, will open in 2019, with the whole development being completed in 2020. Around 115 new homes will be provided in three blocks, while a new public plaza and a riverside walk beside the River Crane will complete the scheme. The development complements the recently completed Brewery Gate, 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. The college redevelopment is under way and 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 500ha 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.

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SOUTHWARK

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

CONTACT:

Dan Taylor Programme manager, regeneration Chief executive’s department dan.taylor@southwark.gov.uk

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CONNECTIVITY Southwark is the missing quarter of central London. Investment in the Jubilee Line, Thameslink, and the Overground have transformed access to Southwark, with the ÂŁ1 billion London Bridge station opening its doors in 2018 after six years of construction. The capacity of London Bridge has increased from 55 million to 90 million passengers a year which is leading to an exciting wave of regeneration projects on the south side of the station along St Thomas Street. 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.


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JOBS Southwark is now firmly established as one of central London’s prime commercial districts and a variety of amazing brands and start ups have decided to base themselves in our borough, with creative programmes in place to help local people find the 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, 10,000 on the Old Kent Road, and 10,000 at Canada Water.

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OLD KENT ROAD This Old Kent Road Area Action Plan sets out how we will deliver 10,000 new jobs new parks, new school places, a new college, and 20,000 new homes including 7,000 affordable homes. For more information please visit oldkentroad.org.uk

CULTURE AND ART The regeneration process is helping to open 10 new theatres across the borough, from the Bridge Theatre in the north to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in the south. These new attractions will offer for 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 which has recently opened at Flat Iron Square in Bankside.

SPORT AND LEISURE In the first 12 months after it opened, the state-of-the-art Castle leisure centre had over 455,000 visitors, 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 that are 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.

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SUTTON

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@ sutton.gov.uk

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EDUCATION

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% mainstream 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 98.8% and above the UK average. A new secondary school on the site of the London Cancer Hub will open in 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

QUALITY OF LIFE

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 startups 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.

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 aims to become London’s most sustainable suburb. The council is in the process of adopting a new environment strategy which sets ambitious targets for cleaner air, becoming a greener borough, using less energy, creating a circular economy and tackling climate change. The strategy will be delivered in partnership with local residents, businesses, and community groups. Sutton has its own energy company, Sutton Decentralised Energy Network, which will use waste heat from the local Energy Recovery Facility to provide low carbon heat and hot water. Barratt homes are building 725 homes and a supermarket in Hackbridge, all of which will connect to the network.

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SUTTON TOWN CENTRE 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 a holistic town centre regeneration and has appointed a multi-disciplinary team led by Farrells to prepare a regeneration delivery plan.

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TOWER HAMLETS

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 owen.whalley@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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ECONOMY Tower Hamlets has the third highest economic output of any local authority area in the UK, accounting for as much as 2% of the UK economy. There are around 16,800 businesses based in Tower Hamlets. While the borough is home to some of world’s largest financial institutions, 98% of local enterprises are small businesses which employ fewer than 50 people. Tower Hamlets has the sixth highest job density in London. There are an estimated 278,000 employee jobs in the borough – the median salary for a full-time worker is £849 per week – the second highest in the UK. An additional 11,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next decade, accounting for one in five new jobs in London. The total number of jobs in the borough is projected by the GLA to rise by 44% - by some way the highest growth figure in London.


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HOUSING There are currently 17,311 homes under construction, with a further 6,982 permitted and waiting to be delivered. Tower Hamlets has experienced significant growth in its housing stock increasing by more than 27 per cent since 2003. There are now more than 126,000 homes in the borough. The emerging London Plan sets Tower Hamlets the second highest housing target in the capital after Newham. The borough is expected to accommodate an additional 35,110 homes (or 3,511 per annum) by 2029. This is a small reduction in the Council’s current housing target, reflecting the historically high output and resulting reduction in available sites. The council set an affordable housing target of 5,500 affordable homes between 2014 and 2018, including 1,000 new council homes and is on track to deliver that. A further commitment has been made to deliver an additional 1,000 new council homes by 2022. Housing delivery over the next decade could be focused in the City Fringe, the Isle of Dogs and the Lower Lea Valley.

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. 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 the Elizabeth line.

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CITY FRINGE OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES + ISLE OF DOGS AND SOUTH POPLAR + POPLAR RIVERSIDE

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WALTHAM FOREST

Waltham Forest is one of the fastest growing boroughs in London, vibrant and distinctive, making it a fantastic place to explore, live and invest. We understand the power that culture has in transforming lives and creating strong communities which is why we targeted, won and became the mayor of London’s first London Borough of Culture. With this award, we will create a lasting legacy with culture on every corner while delivering our ambitious plans.

CONTACT:

Jonathan Martin Director, investment and delivery jonathan.martin@walthamforest.gov.uk

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ART AND CULTURE We have a wealth of creative talent and local businesses thriving in the borough. The council has significantly invested in our cultural infrastructure, embedding arts, culture and heritage in plans and decision making. We will deliver a unique programme of cultural activities and spaces that celebrate our heritage, unite communities and position Waltham Forest as a truly unique leisure destination. We have long called ourselves The Creative Choice and this has never been so true.

HOUSING We have an ambitious housing programme. Our vision to redevelop our Town Hall campus, including the release of council-owned sites, delivering new homes, jobs, office space and cultural space, will support the borough’s local economy. With scope for nearly 18,000 new homes across the borough in the next ten years – with 50% affordable, our residential offer will contribute significantly to helping address London’s housing crisis.

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The Scene

London Borough of Culture opening night the delivery of vital services and new facilities to create liveable communities that will improve residents’ quality of life. Our vision to regenerate our historic Town Hall campus, and Scene our masterplan The for Lea Bridge and Leyton (the size the City of London) will see hundreds of new homes, sporting facilities, social infrastructure and green space. A £9 million investment in Leyton tube station and £950,000 investment in Blackhorse Road station will ensure our connectivity and transport infrastructure can cope with demands of a growing borough.

ENTERPRISE The council provides a wraparound support service for businesses via our free employment and recruitment services, and a full economic development service to “keep, seed and grow” business through business engagement, developing suitable work space and a targeted approach to specific sectors, including the creative industries. Releasing council-owned buildings for mixed used residential development and flexible retail space, an open planning policy, protecting employment and industrial land will support commercial development in the borough.

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KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES + WALTHAMSTOW + WOOD STREET + BLACKHORSE LANE + LEYTON/LEA BRIDGE The latter two areas form part of our GLA-endorsed housing zone.

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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. With Wandsworth’s desirable location, excellent transport connectivity, track record of 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 forward-thinking boroughs in London. REGENERATION

CONTACT:

Steve Diamond Head of employment and enterprise delivery (Richmond and Wandsworth) sdiamond@wandsworth.gov.uk

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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 areas in London, Nine Elms, which is fast becoming an iconic destination south of the river. The £15 billion area of transformation includes the 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 and Penguin Random House who have both chosen the borough for their UK headquarters. The Royal College of Art is also building 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


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centre and Winstanley and York Road.

HOUSING Wandsworth Council published a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy in 2019: “A Housing Offer for Wandsworth People”. Within this are the following aims: to build more homes - including the Council building 1,000 homes itself, and exceeding London Plan and local affordable housing forecasts. Proud of our Council homes – committing to invest £153m to deliver Decent Homes Plus standards to its stock of 32,000 homes and to regenerate two estates, providing 4,000 new homes and new infrastructure. Improve standards in the private rented sector – working with landlords, taking swift action where necessary and employing a Tenants Champion. Tackling Homelessness and rough sleeping – focussing on reducing use of temporary accommodation and meeting Government targets to reduce and eliminate rough sleeping. Supporting vulnerable residents including the Council developing supported housing.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT 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 rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding – twice 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. Since 2013 more than 1,000 Wandsworth residents have been helped back into work through the council’s Workmatch service which matches 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, get on the road to success.

London – and it is home to creators, makers and innovators. Wandsworth has forged a reputation as being a great place to start and grow a business and the council backs this up with services ranging from support for town centres through to holding Wandsworth Enterprise Month which is an annual programme of help and advice. The council has supported over 500 existing businesses and helped 67 new businesses to start up, offering networking opportunities, one-to-one advice sessions and specialist support for businesses in the food, hospitality and digital sectors.

ENVIRONMENT Cleaner, greener and safer neighbourhoods are key aspirations 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 and with good access to public transport. Millions will be spent over the next year resurfacing roads and repairing/replacing footpaths and the council recently completed a programme to replace around 18,000 street lights with energy efficient LED bulbs, which will save taxpayers £400,000 a year. Our parks and open spaces are real jewels in the borough providing exceptional amenities in a busy city. Wandsworth has also seen a reduction in air pollution through a variety of measures, including successfully lobbying TfL for cleaner buses, reducing pollution from council vehicles and buildings, promoting greener travel to staff and embedding air quality in all aspects of the council’s work, including procurement and planning. We are also working with the construction industry to reduce pollution from building sites.

ENTERPRISE Wandsworth has been recognised as the Best Small Business-friendly borough in

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WESTMINSTER

Move to Westminster. The City of Westminster is the economic powerhouse of both the UK and London’s economy. Over 120,000 businesses call Westminster their home, employing 650,000 workers, making the area the largest employment centre in the UK. It is no wonder that Westminster is the UK’s start-up capital. The great diversity of Westminster’s economy is a vital element in the city’s uniqueness. And Westminster has ambitious plans for more growth – we want to deliver new business floor space for 75,000 new jobs by 2041. CONTACTS:

Westminster Business Unit businessunit@westminster.gov.uk businesswestminster.com Planning Policy Team planningpolicy@westminster.gov.uk westminster.gov.uk/planning

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CITY PLAN Westminster City Council is developing a new City Plan; an ambitious strategy to make the city the best place to live, work and play. It sets out to build on the city’s reputation as a globally renowned business centre, with new and improved employment space, a creative approach to retail, vibrant street markets, super digital connectivity and a strong culture of business support. We want to provide the right kind of environment to encourage the right kind of growth – a city that will inspire the world.

EMPLOYMENT 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 the city, the Westminster Employment Service provides a free recruitment service for businesses. The service is managed by the council and supported by local agencies. The service’s objective is to support residents into work and work experience opportunities generated by local employers. We have worked with local


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employers to fill over 1,000 vacancies since 2012, ensuring that residents benefit from opportunities on their doorsteps.

borough. It also has four piers with riverboat commuter services and around 80 bus routes. The Elizabeth line will serve three stations in the borough when it opens.

ENTERPRISE The council’s Business Unit is also available to provide free support to businesses setting up in the city. The team will help you find suitable space, provide local economy and market intelligence and make introductions to local stakeholders. It can also introduce you to Westminster’s network of enterprise spaces with levels of affordability, flexibility in tenure, proactive business support and a professional working environment.

KEY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

ART AND CULTURE

+ OXFORD STREET DISTRICT

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.

Oxford Street is a leading retail destination, visited by millions of people each year. Westminster has produced plans to strengthen its status as the nation’s high street and improve the surrounding district.

CHURCH STREET Westminster City Council is committed to transforming the quality of life in the Church Street area. A masterplan has been developed which will deliver real change for the community with new homes, more jobs, green space and opportunities for a healthy prosperous lifestyle.

OTHER KEY OPPORTUNITIES

+ PADDINGTON OPPORTUNITY AREA Our City Plan sets out ambitious targets around Paddington, home to one of Westminster’s major transport hubs. It has the potential for 1,000 new homes, 13,200 new jobs and a range of new workspace.

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) – along with the Royal Academy of Music, the Courtauld Institute and the London Business School, and many more world famous facilities.

+ VICTORIA OPPORTUNITY AREA We aim to create at least 1,000 new homes and 4,000 new jobs through the development of additional office floorspace, and other town centre uses, complemented by improved transport connections.

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

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