employment in the suburbs

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you accept that there is little or no employment for professional people in the suburbs and what there is, is diminishing.   For example 700-900 staff are moving from the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill into the Crick Centre in St Pancras and while most are keeping their jobs it is a loss of 700-900 jobs to the economy of Mill Hill, with no programme to attract an alternative employer or employers. A recent report has indicated that it costs £35,000 per annum to base a Civil Servant (but same could surely be true for any employee) in Central London versus £3000 to base the same individual in an office in Croydon. Do you accept the need to provide employment nearer to where people live, to reduce travel costs and time, and to support the economy in the suburbs. Will you revisit the plan for NIMR to rezone it for employment use as now?


Answer for employment in the suburbs

Answer for employment in the suburbs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Policies 2.6 - 2.8 and 4.1 of my London Plan recognise and address the distinct issues facing outer London including the need to expand and improve access to employment opportunities and to enhance its offer as a competitive business location with potential to reduce the need for longer distance commuting. The Plan currently promotes 11 Opportunity Areas in Outer London, which are expected to provide at least 77,800 jobs, with another 5 which lie partly in Outer London.

We do not have employment projections by sector (or indeed occupation) at borough level, however, overall jobs in outer London are projected to grow by 301,000 between 2011 and 2036 which equates to an annual average of around 12,000.

Within the strategic context set by the London Plan it is for Barnet Council's Local Plan to identify future uses for specific sites. The NIMR site also sits close to Green Belt where new and intensive employment activities will raise policy issues. In the same borough at Brent Cross outline planning permission has been granted to create over 20,000 new jobs.