City Fringe Opportunity Area

Key stats and information

Area (Ha): 901

Indicative employment capacity: 53,000

Minimum new homes: 15,000

Progress: Adopted


The City Fringe Opportunity Area (OA) is now defined in the London Plan as being approximately 901 hectares of land covering parts of the London boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Tech City is recognised as a business cluster within the City Fringe but does not cover the whole of the OA. The City Fringe boundary no longer includes any part of the City of London Corporation area.

What we hope to achieve

The City Fringe Opportunity Area (OA) contains significant development capacity in relatively central areas and there is particular scope not only to support London’s financial and business services but also the diverse cluster of digital-creative businesses in an expanding “Tech City”. The expansion of Tech City and continued business growth in the City Fringe OA are recognised by both the Mayor and the Prime Minister as strategically important to the economy of London and the UK.

The key growth conditions that planning can affect in the City Fringe are:

  • Available, affordable, suitable business
  • Stock.
  • Location and “creative vibe”.
  • Dense, urban, collaborative environment
  • Connectivity.
  • Mix of uses.

Adoption of planning framework

The Mayor adopted the City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) on 31 December 2015.

The OAPF is available to download below. 

City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework


The City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) was consulted upon from the 19 December 2014 to 13 February 2015. The draft document and other supporting documents are available to download below. 

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