The importance of suburban local employment

October 1, 2007

In the latest issue of Planning in London, the Leader suggests that the draft London Plan “still offers no answer to how the inner Central Activities Zone and outer London town centre networks interact and support each other”. It goes on to state that sustainability relies on local work and emphasises the importance of suburban employment (growth of which “continues to lag the centre”), concluding that the suburbs are “the key to London’s future. They can provide all the new housing required, much of the retailing we desire, the workspace and nearly all the services” (see here for download). Exactly so – and our latest discussion of the project data indicates that there is a lot of untapped potential that is being overlooked – possibly due to the fact that the smallest-scale employment falls under the radar of policy makers.

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