Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: LB Barking & Dagenham

Growing interest in London’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) from pension funds and other institutional investors is enabling the delivery of high-quality, purpose-built market-rented homes managed by single operators. A recent survey of institutional investors by Knight Frank indicated that by 2020, they would commit a total of £50bn to Build to Rent … [Read more...]

Civic spaces underpin housing growth in Barking

On 22nd July, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series visited Barking town centre, to hear about the role of civic institutions in supporting regeneration. Starting at the Barking Enterprise Centre, David Harley, Group Manager, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities at LB Barking & Dagenham, outlined the … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Barking

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Barking on 22nd July. This visit will look at public space and new housing developments around Barking town centre, with a focus on how civic amenities and investment can stimulate quality placemaking. Barking & Dagenham’s 2010 Core Strategy envisions the borough … [Read more...]