Chrisp Street market key to regeneration in Poplar

Chrisp Street market in Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) is a long-running food and convenience goods market which is being used to anchor regeneration plans in the wider area. On 24th September, we visited the area as part of our Communities in Transition series, to see how the market is being used to deliver regeneration programmes and hear about how … [Read more...]

Life science sector drives regeneration in Whitechapel

On 28th May, Future of London visited Whitechapel as part of our Communities in Transition field trip series, to hear about the impact of the life sciences sector in the area and broader plans for regeneration and development. Just outside the eastern fringe of the City of London, Whitechapel is a thriving area in its own right. A … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Whitechapel

Our second Communities in Transition field trip of 2015 will be to Whitechapel on 28th May, to see how the healthcare and life sciences sector is driving development in the area. This expanded event will include presentations from project stakeholders, including LB Tower Hamlets, Queen Mary University of London and the GLA. Science and … [Read more...]

London’s Opportunity Areas

Sources: Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (2014) and individual OAPFs; contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015 The latest version of the London Plan lists 38 Opportunity Areas and 7 Intensification Areas. In total, these cover almost 19,000 ha of land, with the potential to deliver a minimum 302,450 … [Read more...]

Small businesses and regeneration: what role for LAs?

Of the 934,000 businesses in London, the vast majority (98%) employ 1-20 people. Together these small businesses employ around a third of London’s private-sector workforce. As highlighted by Lord Young’s 2013 report on growing micro businesses (pdf), SMEs, and micro enterprises in particular, have an important role to play in the UK's economic … [Read more...]

Seminar: Rethinking SME Workspace

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.8% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London in the coming years. Various forms of shared workspace are steadily expanding in London. These include co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, shared studios and … [Read more...]

Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]

A healthier food system for London

Feeding a city the size of London sustainably is rife with challenges. From the rise of food poverty and food bank usage in the city, the impact of processed and fast food consumption, and issues around food security and provenance, it is evident that London’s public health relies heavily on its food system. This is understood across all levels; … [Read more...]

Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with … [Read more...]

Embedding health in London boroughs

In April 2013, public health was transferred to local authorities under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012. Until then, public health in England and Wales was managed by the NHS, which had taken over responsibility for measures previously administered by local authorities in 1974. The government saw local authorities as better placed to … [Read more...]