London Plan Chapter 2 2x1

Policy 2.14 Areas for regeneration

Policy

Strategic

A    Within the areas for regeneration shown on Map 2.5 the Mayor will work with strategic and local partners to co-ordinate their sustained renewal by prioritising them for neighbourhood-based action and investment.

LDF preparation

B    Boroughs should identify areas for regeneration and set out integrated spatial policies that bring together regeneration, development and transport proposals with improvements in learning and skills, health, safety, access, employment, environment and housing, in locally-based plans, strategies and policy instruments such as LDFs and community strategies. These plans should resist loss of housing, including affordable housing, in individual regeneration areas unless it is replaced by better quality accommodation, providing at least an equivalent floorspace.

Supporting text

2.63  The Mayor is committed to addressing social exclusion across London, and to tackling spatial concentrations of deprivation. Though deprivation occurs in most boroughs, it remains particularly acute and persistent around the eastern side of central London with significant outliers in the inner parts of west and in north London (see Map 2.5). While often neighbourhood based and strongly related to social rented housing, the reasons for social exclusion are complex and tackling them requires locally sensitive action, often across a broad front of economic, education and training, housing, social, transport, security, heritage, development and environmental measures dealt with in other parts of this Plan (including chapters 3 and 7).

Map 2.5 Regeneration Areas

Map 2.5 Regeneration Areas

2.63A  The overriding objective of the Mayor’s regeneration programmes is to drive and shape growth in London’s town and economic centres and high streets. In doing so Mayoral programmes to support regeneration are being implemented across London, including the Outer London Fund, Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, London Enterprise Fund and the Growing Places Fund, each levering in considerable private sector investment, encouraging new, higher density housing as well as delivering new growth and jobs.

2.64  Working with local partnerships, public sector agencies must balance the need for local responses with the need for consistent and targeted public sector intervention across the capital. The Mayor will expect regeneration programmes to demonstrate active engagement with residents, businesses and other appropriate stakeholders. Regeneration proposals should be based on the principles of Lifetime Neighbourhoods (Policy 7.1), taking account of stakeholder aspirations for the neighbourhoods concerned, and for the wider area affected. Options that maximise new opportunities for those concerned to participate in the delivery of programmes and initiatives shaping neighbourhoods will be encouraged. Consultation and involvement activities should also seek to empower communities and neighbourhoods, and support development of wider skills.

2.65  Relevant plans should include a programme for implementation of policies and proposals designed to minimise disruption of the communities and businesses affected.

2.66  The boroughs and local strategic partnerships must be the key agencies in this but the GLA Group can provide essential strategic support, through co-ordinated action by the GLA, TfL, LFEPA and Metropolitan Police, integrated with borough and central Government initiatives. The main delivery vehicles will be community strategies, neighbourhood plans and other locally-based policy and delivery mechanisms prepared in partnership with the local communities so regeneration is ‘owned’ at the grassroots level.  Policies and initiatives in these areas should take account of the fact that regeneration of relatively small areas of deprivation may require intervention at a more strategic (and in some cases, inter-borough) level – to improve local town centres, transport links or other services and facilities, for example.

2.67  Some of the areas identified in Map 2.5 fall within opportunity or intensification areas designated in this Plan; where this is the case regeneration action should be co-ordinated with development frameworks and other policies for the area concerned.

2.68   LDFs should make complementary provision for necessary development, for example, recognising under-served market areas and securing capacity for new shops, identifying local centres as the foci for wider neighbourhood renewal and, where necessary, protecting industrial land to provide capacity for relatively affordable workspace.