Changing perceptions in Croydon

On 16 June, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series continued in Croydon town centre, where we heard about integrating large-scale retail development with local regeneration plans. Croydon is London’s largest borough by population, and is expected to grow by another 15-20% in the next 20 years. Designated as an Opportunity … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Croydon

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Croydon on 16th June, to look at the impact of large-scale retail development on local regeneration plans. Croydon’s town centre is a strategic priority for the council. The Local Plan envisions the town centre supporting significant growth, with up to 7,300 additional … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Social Value in Croydon

The Social Value Act, introduced in 2013, allows councils to take social value delivered through a contract into account when procuring services. The legislation was intended to help local authorities commission services based on the best overall value to the community, rather than just awarding contracts based on lowest cost. The Department for … [Read more...]

Inward investment and local jobs – FoL sets scene at MIPIM

In his 20th February speech announcing the new Croydon Growth Zone, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Attracting investment and improving connectivity are vital for helping businesses large and small to create more jobs here in London.” Future of London has been hearing that call from its members and wider network for some time, and is launching … [Read more...]

Pathways to better pay

Low pay affects around 20% of people working in London, a figure that has stayed fairly constant over the last 20 years. As income distribution becomes increasingly polarised, low-paid work has gained greater importance from a policy perspective: not only are those living in poverty now more likely to be working than unemployed, but the guidelines … [Read more...]

Spotlight: East Croydon Station Footbridge

This is the first in our Spotlight series, a new feature covering the innovations - in regeneration, ways of working and more - being undertaken by members of Future of London. This Spotlight is focused on  Croydon Council's development of a new footbridge at East Croydon Rail Station. In its award-winning East Croydon masterplan, Croydon … [Read more...]

London’s retail winners and losers

Our Development and Renewal seminar on 31 March looked at retail trends in London and at which areas stand to win or lose out as a result.  Change is afoot in the retail world; Stuart Morley, Head of Research at GVA warned that the strong growth in retail spending of the last decade is over and reduced disposable income and therefore spending will … [Read more...]