New London Architecture

The London Boroughs 2020

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This research illustrates what individual boroughs are doing to implement their local plans. Although each one reflects the needs of its own specific community, when you amalgamate all the maps to create a larger plan, you can start to understand the complexity and scale of change that is happening in this great city and the role the boroughs play in its delivery.

Excerpt from the introduction

“Desperate times call for desperate measures”. With council spending on local services having fallen by more than a fifth since 2010, the funding situation has been growing increasingly desperate over the decade. But these times have also thrown up positive responses, perhaps because “necessity is the mother of invention”, where councils are taking greater control of the delivery of new development.

For instance: in frustration at the speed of delivery and the affordability of homes, councils around the country have responded by starting to do their own development. Research by Inside Housing shows that the top four councils with the biggest development plans in the country over the next five years are all from London — Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Croydon and Newham. Havering has twelve major estate regeneration projects; Barking and Dagenham is delivering new housing and regeneration through its wholly owned
delivery vehicle Be First; Croydon through Brick by Brick. In Edmonton, the Council is leading the regeneration of Meridian Water to build 10,000 homes over the next 20 years. Camden’s Community Investment Programme is delivering schools, homes and community facilities in the borough and last year won the top NLA accolade for the Agar Estate for delivering homes in the UK’s largest Passiv Haus project. 21 London boroughs have declared for Climate Emergency. Newham recently announced its community wealth building programme where the borough will use it’s purchasing power and influence to keep wealth in the local economy.


Local Heroes
Foreword  – Peter Murray, Curator-in-Chief, NLA

The Year Ahead – Professor Tony Travers
Smarter London – Theo Blackwell MBE, Chief Digital Officer for London
Community – Daisy Froud, Community Engagment Strategist
Design & Skills – Finn Williams, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Public Practice
Housing – Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development, Swan
Net Zero – Hero Bennett, Principal Sustainability Consultant and Partner, Max Fordham
Planning Performace – Stuart Baillie, Partner and Head of Planning at Knight Frank
Transport – Richard de Cani, Global Planning Leader at Arup, and Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader at Arup

Local Plan Map

Project Map

Borough Profiles
Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster


Published February 2020
146 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-9993513-5-9

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