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Annex One Town Centre Network

Town Centre Network and Future Potential Network Classification

AN1

Table A1.1 classifies London’s larger town centres into five categories: International, Metropolitan, Major and District centres, as well as CAZ retail clusters. In addition, there are Local and Neighbourhood centres throughout London, which may be designated in Local Plans. This classification provides a hierarchy, recognising the different size and draw of town centres. Table A1.1 also identifies those centres that may have the potential to be re-classified in the future (see Policy SD7 Town centre network). The different roles in the network are:

International centres – London’s globally-renowned retail and leisure destinations, providing a broad range of high-order comparison and specialist shopping, integrated into environments of the highest architectural quality and interspersed with internationally-recognised leisure, culture, heritage and tourism destinations. These centres have excellent levels of public transport accessibility.

Metropolitan centres – serve wide catchments which can extend over several boroughs and into parts of the Wider South East. Typically they contain at least 100,000 sqm of retail, leisure and service floorspace with a significant proportion of high-order comparison goods relative to convenience goods. These centres generally have very good accessibility and significant employment, service and leisure functions. Many have important clusters of civic, public and historic buildings.

Major centres – typically found in inner and some parts of outer London with a borough-wide catchment. They generally contain over 50,000 sqm of retail, leisure and service floorspace with a relatively high proportion of comparison goods relative to convenience goods. They may also have significant employment, leisure, service and civic functions.

District centres – distributed more widely than Metropolitan and Major centres, providing convenience goods and services for more local communities and accessible by public transport, walking and cycling. Typically, they contain 5,000–50,000 sqm of retail, leisure and service floorspace. Some District centres have developed specialist shopping functions.

CAZ retail clusters – significant mixed-use clusters located within the Central Activities Zone, with a predominant retail function and, in terms of scale, broadly comparable to Major or District centres. See Policy SD4 The Central Activities Zone (CAZ).

Local and Neighbourhood centres – typically serve a localised catchment often most accessible by walking and cycling and include local parades and small clusters of shops, mostly for convenience goods and other services. They may include a small supermarket (typically up to around 500 sqm), sub-post office, pharmacy, laundrette and other useful local services. Together with District centres they can play a key role in addressing areas deficient in local retail and other services. This includes locally-identified CAZ retail centres.

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Night-time Economy Classification

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These centres have a strategic night-time function involving a broad mix of activity during the evening and at night, including most or all of the following uses: culture, leisure, entertainment, food and drink, health services and shopping. (See Policy HC6 Supporting the night-time economy and Figure 7.7 for details). They are classified into three categories:

  • NT1 – Areas of international or national significance
  • NT2 – Areas of regional or sub-regional significance
  • NT3 – Areas with more than local significance
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Commercial Growth Potential

AN3

Table A1.1 provides strategic guidance on the broad future direction envisaged for the International, Metropolitan, Major and District centres and CAZ retail clusters including their possible potential for commercial growth (uses falling within the A, B, D and SG Use Classes). Three broad categories of future commercial growth potential have been identified:

  • High growth – includes town centres likely to experience strategically-significant levels of growth with strong demand and/or large-scale retail, leisure or office development in the pipeline and with existing or potential public transport capacity to accommodate it (typically PTAL 5-6).
  • Medium growth – includes town centres with moderate levels of demand for retail, leisure or office floorspace, and with physical and public transport capacity to accommodate it.
  • Low growth – town centres that are encouraged to pursue a policy of consolidation by making the best use of existing capacity, either due to (a) physical, environmental or public transport accessibility constraints, or (b) low demand.
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Residential Growth Potential

AN4

All town centres have potential for residential growth, either within or on the edge of the town centre. Table A1.1 provides strategic guidance for the relative potential for residential growth for the International, Metropolitan, Major and District centres and CAZ retail clusters, indicating whether they would be likely to be able to accommodate high or medium levels of residential growth, or incremental residential development. This is a broad strategic-level categorisation that has been informed by the SHLAA[A1] and Town Centre Health Check, and takes into consideration the potential for impacts on heritage assets. Boroughs should be planning proactively to seek opportunities for residential growth in and around town centres, in particular using the mechanisms set out in Policy SD8 Town centres: development principles and Development Plan Documents, informed by detailed assessments of town centre capacity and complementing approaches set out in town centre strategies.

[A1] https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-pla...

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Office Guidelines

AN5

Table A1.1 and Figure A1.4 set out those town centres where specific approaches to offices are recommended, as informed by the London Office Policy Review[A2].

CAZ – Centres in the Central Activities Zone with a significant office function. See Policy SD4 The Central Activities Zone (CAZ) and Policy SD5 Offices, other strategic functions and residential development in the CAZ.

CAZ Office Satellite – The Northern Isle of Dogs (NIOD) currently functions as a CAZ satellite in terms of office provision. Stratford and Old Oak Common will share the hyper-connectivity of the CAZ and could have the potential to function as future CAZ satellites, should the demand for office floorspace exceed the capacity of the CAZ and NIOD.

  1. Speculative office potential – These centres have the capacity, demand and viability to accommodate new speculative office development.
  2. Mixed-use office potential – These centres have the capacity, demand and viability to accommodate new office development, generally as part of mixed-use developments including residential use.
  3. Protect small office capacity – These centres show demand for existing office functions, generally within smaller units.

[A2] https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/london-office-policy-reviews

 

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Table A1.1 - Town Centre Network

RefCentreBoroughNetwork classificationFuture potential network classificationNight-time economy classificationCommercial growth potentialResidential growth potentialOffice guidelinesStrategic area for regeneration*
1West EndWestminster/ CamdenInternationalNT1HighIncrementalCAZ
2KnightsbridgeKensington & Chelsea/ WestminsterInternationalNT3HighIncrementalCAZ
3BromleyBromleyMetropolitanNT2HighHighB
4CroydonCroydonMetropolitanNT2HighHighAYes
5EalingEalingMetropolitanNT2HighHighA/ BYes
6Shepherds BushHammersmith & FulhamMetropolitan InternationalNT2HighHighA/ BYes
7Wood GreenHaringeyMetropolitanNT2MediumHighYes
8HarrowHarrowMetropolitanNT2MediumHighB
9RomfordHaveringMetropolitanNT2HighHighBYes
10UxbridgeHillingdonMetropolitanNT2HighHighA
11HounslowHounslowMetropolitanNT2HighHighA/ BYes
12KingstonKingstonMetropolitanNT2HighHighB
13StratfordNewhamMetropolitan InternationalNT2HighHighA/ future potential CAZ satelliteYes
14IlfordRedbridgeMetropolitanNT2MediumHighBYes
15SuttonSuttonMetropolitanNT2MediumHighBYes
16Canary WharfTower HamletsMetropolitan NT2HighHighA/ CAZ satellite
17BarkingBarking & DagenhamMajorNT3MediumHighCYes
18EdgwareBarnet/ HarrowMajorLowHighC
19BexleyheathBexleyMajorNT3LowMediumC
20WembleyBrentMajor NT1MediumHighB
21KilburnBrent/ CamdenMajorNT3LowMediumCYes
22OrpingtonBromleyMajorLowMedium
23Camden TownCamdenMajorMetropolitan NT1HighMediumCYes
24SouthallEalingMajorMediumHighBYes
25Enfield TownEnfieldMajorMediumMediumC
26ElthamGreenwichMajorLowHighYes
27WoolwichGreenwichMajorMetropolitanNT3MediumHighYes
28DalstonHackneyMajorNT2MediumHighBYes
29FulhamHammersmith & FulhamMajorNT2MediumMediumCYes
30HammersmithHammersmith & FulhamMajorNT2MediumHighAYes
31ChiswickHounslowMajorNT3MediumMediumA
32AngelIslingtonMajorNT2HighMediumA/ B and part CAZYes
33Nags HeadIslingtonMajorNT3MediumMediumYes
34Kensington High StreetKensington & ChelseaMajorNT2MediumIncrementalB
35King's Road (east)Kensington & ChelseaMajorNT2MediumMediumB
36BrixtonLambethMajorNT2MediumMediumCYes
37StreathamLambethMajorNT3LowMediumYes
38CatfordLewishamMajorNT3LowHighYes
39LewishamLewishamMajorMetropolitan NT3HighHighCYes
40WimbledonMertonMajorNT2HighHighA
41East HamNewhamMajorMediumHighYes
42RichmondRichmondMajorNT2HighIncrementalA/ B
43Elephant and Castle/ Walworth RoadSouthwarkMajorNT2MediumHighA/ B and part CAZYes
44PeckhamSouthwarkMajorNT2MediumMediumYes
45WalthamstowWaltham ForestMajorNT2MediumHighYes
46Clapham JunctionWandsworthMajorNT2MediumHighBYes
47PutneyWandsworthMajorNT3MediumMediumB
48TootingWandsworthMajorNT3MediumHighCYes
49WandsworthWandsworthMajorMediumHighC
50Queensway/ Westbourne GroveWestminster/ Kensington & ChelseaMajorNT3LowIncrementalCYes
51Dagenham HeathwayBarking & DagenhamDistrictLowMediumYes
52Green LaneBarking & Dagenham/ RedbridgeDistrictLowIncrementalYes
53Chadwell HeathBarking & Dagenham/ RedbridgeDistrictLowHigh
54Brent StreetBarnetDistrictLowMedium
55Chipping BarnetBarnetDistrictNT3LowMediumC
56Church End, FinchleyBarnetDistrictLowMediumC
57East FinchleyBarnetDistrictLowMedium
58Golders GreenBarnetDistrictLowIncremental
59Hendon CentralBarnetDistrictLowMedium
60Mill HillBarnetDistrictLowHigh
61New BarnetBarnetDistrictLowMedium
62North FinchleyBarnetDistrictNT3LowHighC
63Temple FortuneBarnetDistrictMediumIncremental
64WhetstoneBarnetDistrictLowMediumC
65Colindale/ The HydeBarnet/ BrentDistrictLowHigh
66CricklewoodBarnet/ Brent/ CamdenDistrictNT3MediumHighYes
67Burnt OakBarnet/ Brent/ HarrowDistrictLowHighYes
68CrayfordBexleyDistrictLowMedium
69ErithBexleyDistrictLowHighYes
70SidcupBexleyDistrictLowMedium
71WellingBexleyDistrictLowMedium
72Ealing RoadBrentDistrictLowHigh
73HarlesdenBrentDistrictLowHighYes
74NeasdenBrentDistrictLowMediumYes
75Preston RoadBrentDistrictLowMedium
76Wembley ParkBrentDistrictNT3MediumHighCYes
77Willesden GreenBrentDistrictLowMedium
78KingsburyBrent/ HarrowDistrictLowHigh
79BeckenhamBromleyDistrictNT3LowIncremental
80PengeBromleyDistrictLowIncrementalYes
81Petts WoodBromleyDistrictLowMedium
82West WickhamBromleyDistrictLowMedium
83HampsteadCamdenDistrictNT3LowIncrementalC
84Kentish TownCamdenDistrictNT3LowHighBYes
85Swiss Cottage/ Finchley RoadCamdenDistrictNT2LowHighCYes
86West HampsteadCamdenDistrictLowMediumYes
87AddiscombeCroydonDistrictLowMedium
88CoulsdonCroydonDistrictLowMedium
89New AddingtonCroydonDistrictLowMediumYes
90PurleyCroydonDistrictLowHigh
91SelsdonCroydonDistrictLowIncremental
92South NorwoodCroydonDistrictLowMediumYes
93Thornton HeathCroydonDistrictLowMediumYes
94NorburyCroydon/ LambethDistrictNT3LowIncremental
95Upper Norwood/ Crystal PalaceCroydon/ Lambeth/ BromleyDistrictLowHigh
96ActonEalingDistrictNT3LowHighYes
97GreenfordEalingDistrictLowHigh
98HanwellEalingDistrictLowHigh
99Angel EdmontonEnfieldDistrictLowHighYes
100Edmonton GreenEnfieldDistrictLowHighYes
101Palmers GreenEnfieldDistrictLowMedium
102SouthgateEnfieldDistrictLowMediumC
103East GreenwichGreenwichDistrictLowHighYes
104Greenwich WestGreenwichDistrictNT3LowIncremental
105PlumsteadGreenwichDistrictLowMediumYes
106ThamesmeadGreenwichDistrictLowHigh
107Hackney CentralHackneyDistrictNT2MediumMediumBYes
108Stoke NewingtonHackneyDistrictNT3LowMediumCYes
109Bruce Grove/ Tottenham High RoadHaringeyDistrictLowIncrementalYes
110Crouch EndHaringeyDistrictLowIncremental
111Green LanesHaringeyDistrictNT3MediumHighYes
112Muswell HillHaringeyDistrictNT3LowIncremental
113West Green Road/ Seven SistersHaringeyDistrictLowMediumYes
114North HarrowHarrowDistrictLowMedium
115PinnerHarrowDistrictLowIncremental
116Rayners LaneHarrowDistrictLowMedium
117South HarrowHarrowDistrictLowHigh
118StanmoreHarrowDistrictLowIncrementalC
119WealdstoneHarrowDistrictLowHighC
120KentonHarrow/ BrentDistrictLowHigh
121Collier RowHaveringDistrictLowIncremental
122Elm ParkHaveringDistrictLowMedium
123Harold HillHaveringDistrictMediumIncrementalYes
124HornchurchHaveringDistrictNT3LowMedium
125RainhamHaveringDistrictLowIncrementalYes
126UpminsterHaveringDistrictLowMedium
127EastcoteHillingdonDistrictLowHigh
128HayesHillingdonDistrictNT3LowHighYes
129NorthwoodHillingdonDistrictLowIncremental
130RuislipHillingdonDistrictLowIncremental
131Yiewsley/ West DraytonHillingdonDistrictNT3LowHigh
132BrentfordHounslowDistrictHighHighA/ B
133Feltham High StreetHounslowDistrictMediumHighCYes
134ArchwayIslingtonDistrictNT3LowMediumCYes
135Finsbury ParkIslington/ Hackney/ HaringeyDistrictNT3MediumHighCYes
136Brompton CrossKensington & ChelseaDistrictMediumMediumC
137Earls Court RoadKensington & ChelseaDistrictLowIncrementalCYes
138Fulham RoadKensington & ChelseaDistrictLowIncrementalC
139King's Road (west)Kensington & ChelseaDistrictMediumIncrementalCYes
140Notting Hill GateKensington & ChelseaDistrictMediumMediumB
141PortobelloKensington & ChelseaDistrictMediumIncrementalCYes
142South KensingtonKensington & ChelseaDistrictNT1LowMediumC
143New MaldenKingstonDistrictLowHighC
144SurbitonKingstonDistrictLowMediumC
145TolworthKingstonDistrictLowHighC
146Clapham High StreetLambethDistrictNT2LowMediumYes
147StockwellLambethDistrictLowIncrementalYes
148West Norwood/ Tulse HillLambethDistrictLowHighYes
149Lavender Hill/ Queenstown RoadLambeth/ WandsworthDistrictLowHighCYes
150DeptfordLewishamDistrictLowMediumYes
151DownhamLewishamDistrictLowIncrementalYes
152Forest HillLewishamDistrictLowIncrementalYes
153New Cross and New Cross GateLewishamDistrictNT3LowMediumYes
154SydenhamLewishamDistrictLowMediumYes
155BlackheathLewisham/ GreenwichDistrictNT3LowIncremental
156Lee GreenLewisham/ GreenwichDistrictLowMedium
157MitchamMertonDistrictLowHighYes
158MordenMertonDistrictLowHigh
159Canning TownNewhamDistrictMediumHighYes
160East BecktonNewhamDistrictLowHighYes
161Forest GateNewhamDistrictLowIncrementalYes
162Green StreetNewhamDistrictMediumHighYes
163BarkingsideRedbridgeDistrictLowHigh
164Gants HillRedbridgeDistrictNT3LowHigh
165South WoodfordRedbridgeDistrictNT3LowHigh
166WansteadRedbridgeDistrictLowIncremental
167East SheenRichmondDistrictMediumIncrementalC
168TeddingtonRichmondDistrictNT3LowIncrementalC
169TwickenhamRichmondDistrictNT3MediumIncrementalB
170WhittonRichmondDistrictLowIncremental
171Canada WaterSouthwarkDistrictMajorNT3HighHighCYes
172Dulwich - Lordship LaneSouthwarkDistrictLowMedium
173CamberwellSouthwark/ LambethDistrictLowMediumYes
174Carshalton VilliageSuttonDistrictLowIncremental
175Cheam VillageSuttonDistrictLowIncremental
176North CheamSuttonDistrictLowMedium
177RosehillSuttonDistrictLowIncrementalYes
178WallingtonSuttonDistrictLowMedium
179Worcester ParkSuttonDistrictLowIncremental
180Bethnal GreenTower HamletsDistrictLowHighYes
181Brick LaneTower HamletsDistrictNT2MediumIncrementalYes
182Chrisp StreetTower HamletsDistrictLowMediumYes
183Roman Road (east)Tower HamletsDistrictLowIncrementalYes
184Roman Road (west)Tower HamletsDistrictLowMediumYes
185Watney MarketTower HamletsDistrictLowHighYes
186WhitechapelTower HamletsDistrictMediumMediumYes
187Bakers ArmsWaltham ForestDistrictLowMediumYes
188Highams ParkWaltham ForestDistrictLowMediumYes
189LeytonWaltham ForestDistrictMediumHigh
190LeytonstoneWaltham ForestDistrictLowMediumYes
191North ChingfordWaltham ForestDistrictLowMedium
192South ChingfordWaltham ForestDistrictLowMedium
193Wood StreetWaltham ForestDistrictLowMediumYes
194BalhamWandsworthDistrictMediumHighC
195EarlsfieldWandsworthDistrictLowMedium
196SouthfieldsWandsworthDistrictLowIncremental
197Edgware Road/ Church StreetWestminsterDistrictLowHighYes
198Harrow RoadWestminsterDistrictLowMediumYes
199Praed Street/ PaddingtonWestminsterDistrictNT3LowIncremental
200St John's WoodWestminsterDistrictLowIncrementalYes
201Euston Road (part)CamdenCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZYes
202High Holborn/ KingswayCamdenCAZ retail clusterHighIncrementalCAZYes
203King's Cross/ St PancrasCamdenCAZ retail clusterNT2HighIncrementalCAZYes
204Tottenham Court Road (part)CamdenCAZ retail clusterNT1MediumIncrementalCAZ
205CheapsideCity of LondonCAZ retail clusterNT3MediumIncrementalCAZ
206Fleet StreetCity of LondonCAZ retail clusterLowIncrementalCAZ
207Leadenhall MarketCity of LondonCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZ
208Liverpool StreetCity of LondonCAZ retail clusterNT3HighIncrementalCAZ
209MoorgateCity of LondonCAZ retail clusterHighIncrementalCAZ
210ShoreditchHackney/ IslingtonCAZ retail clusterNT1MediumIncrementalCAZYes
211FarringdonIslingtonCAZ retail clusterNT2MediumIncrementalCAZ
212Lower Marsh/ The CutLambethCAZ retail clusterNT2MediumIncrementalCAZ
213Bankside and The BoroughSouthwarkCAZ retail clusterNT1HighMediumCAZYes
214London BridgeSouthwarkCAZ retail clusterNT2HighMediumCAZ
215Wentworth StreetTower HamletsCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZYes
216Baker Street (part)WestminsterCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZ
217Covent Garden/ StrandWestminsterCAZ retail clusterNT1MediumIncrementalCAZ
218Edgware Road SouthWestminsterCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZYes
219Marylebone High StreetWestminsterCAZ retail clusterMediumIncrementalCAZ
220Marylebone RoadWestminsterCAZ retail clusterLowIncrementalCAZYes
221Victoria StreetWestminsterCAZ retail clusterNT2HighIncrementalCAZ
222Warwick Way/ Tachbrook StreetWestminsterCAZ retail clusterLowIncrementalCAZYes
223BarbicanCity of LondonUnclassifiedNT1MediumIncremental
224SouthbankLambethUnclassifiedNT1MediumIncrementalCAZ
225Brent CrossBarnetUnclassifiedMetropolitanHighHighA/ BYes
226Old Oak High StreetHammersmith & Fulham/ EalingUnclassifiedMajorMediumHighA/ future potential CAZ satelliteYes
227Gallions ReachNewhamUnclassifiedMajorMediumHigh
228Barking RiversideBarking & DagenhamUnclassifiedDistrictMediumMedium
229Merrielands CrescentBarking & DagenhamUnclassifiedDistrictMediumHighYes
230North GreenwichGreenwichUnclassifiedDistrictNT1HighHighYes
231Tottenham HaleHaringeyUnclassifiedDistrictHighHighYes
232Colliers WoodMertonUnclassifiedDistrictMediumHigh
233Old Kent Road/ East StreetSouthwarkUnclassifiedDistrictMediumHighBYes
234Old Kent Road/ Peckham Park RoadSouthwarkUnclassifiedDistrictMediumHighYes
235HackbridgeSuttonUnclassifiedDistrictMediumMedium
236Bromley-by-BowTower HamletsUnclassifiedDistrictMediumHighYes
237CrossharbourTower HamletsUnclassifiedDistrictHighHigh
238VauxhallLambeth/ WandsworthUnclassifiedCAZ retail clusterNT2HighHighCAZYes
239BatterseaWandsworthUnclassifiedCAZ retail clusterHighHighCAZ
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