Demolish or refurbish? new evidence

Just Space and the London Tenants Federation are collaborating with the new Engineering Exchange at UCL where researchers have produced fact sheets and surveys of evidence for community use. This is a pioneering attempt by academics to focus their research on hot topics in the metropolitan community and has led to some first publications and to evidence to the London Assembly Housing Committee from Dr Sarah Bell and Dr Charlotte Johnson. More at 

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Legacy Plan unsound, says Just Space

Just Space, in 6 September 2014 observations on the LLDC Local Plan, says “We consider the Local Plan is not legally compliant and does not meet the duty to cooperate. We also consider the Local Plan is unsound because:-
•   It has not been positively prepared
•   It is not consistent with national and regional policy
•   It is not justified
•   It is not effective”      [  

Tottenham Community Empowerment Week 4 – 12 October

4-12th October 2014 Tottenham Community Empowerment Week with exhibitions / socials / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / films / conference. The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities.

The week will build up to the 11th October, Saturday, 1100h – 1600h, Our Tottenham Network’s Conference at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY.  To: “enable people to find out more about what the Council and developers are doing, and the work of the Our Tottenham Network. Inspire and enable the community to learn from successful community-led projects and local campaigning, and to promote and celebrate our achievements as local people. Take forward ideas from our Feb 2014 conference for positive Community Planning for local sites and for Tottenham as a whole. Update the Community Charter for Tottenham. To work towards building a mass movement based on community empowerment, social inclusion, fairness and justice for all”.

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Give your views on priorities for an Economic Development Plan for London

The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) are developing an Economic Development Plan for London. This is not the Mayor of London’s statutory Economic Development Strategy, but rather a business-led plan that reflects the LEP’s priorities – its focused on maximising GVA, for instance, rather than the broader suite of economic, social and environmental indicators that the Mayor of London will have to have regard to. Its important none-the-less, because the LEP hope it will outlast Mayoral changes and steer their substantial investment and spending programmes. The LEP are seeking comments on their emerging views – be sure to respond here by 5pm Friday 19 September to ensure your views are taken into account.

JSEP 20 June meetingJust Space Economy and Planning met on Friday 20 June at the London School of Economics and Political Science to take a look at the LEP’s emerging themes, with inputs from Liz Cox (new economics foundation) on Haringey Council’s 40:20 plan to marry carbon reduction with inclusive economic development and Prof Ian Gordon’s (LSE) wide-ranging analysis of the London economy.

JSEP has responded to the consultation (read our response here), and hopes to meet with the LEP soon. JSEP’s response builds on our discussion on 20 June, notes of which are available here.

Public hearings on new Plan under way

The Examination in Public of the Mayor’s proposed changes to the London Plan opened on 1 September at City Hall and run through most of September.  

The structure, topics and programme for the hearings are summarised here, with links to the Statements which Just Space, other community groups and other individuals and organisations have made on each topic. 

Users of Twitter should look for #FALP14

Debating London’s economy: can the global city be a city for all?

On Monday 14 July, a remarkably diverse group of over 50 people – citizens and politicians, trade unionists and entrepreneurs, academics and activists – gathered to explore whether and how London can reconcile its global ambitions with the needs of Londoners. Taking place at Bromley by Bow Centre, the location symbolised some of these challenges, sitting alongside both Canary Wharf and housing estates with the highest level of child poverty in the UK. On the agenda were issues presently being neglected by the Mayor of London and the London Enterprise Panel: climate change, industrial activities, gender equality, small businesses, ethnic diversity and migrant economies, affordable workspace and social enterprise.

Speakers included:

  • Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee
  • Sue Terpilowski, London Policy Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Ben Rogers, Centre for London
  • James Meadway and Rachel Laurence, new economics foundation
  • Laurie Heselden, TUC London Region

Organised by the Just Space Economy and Planning group, the event demonstrated the need for policy-makers to look beyond the ‘usual suspects’ – developers, financial services and big business – for the evidence, experience and ideas they will need to make London a city for all. Further events, activities and networking are planned in order to build a broader platform of engagement on strategic planning and economic development in London.

Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee said, ‘We have to do things differently, not plan for more of the same. We need prosperity broadly shared, not growth sucked up to the vampiric 1%. More of the same on our economy will lead to dangerous climate change, causing huge damage at home as well as through our supply chains. The London Plan should support and expand spaces where smaller companies and co-ops, rooted in their communities, can prosper in a way that is fair and sustainable.’

David Fell, of London Remade, who chaired the conference, added, ‘The scope of issues raised by speakers and participants was amazing. We talked about climate change, the world’s financial system and how to ensure accountable government; but we heard stories, too, about small businesses being forced to relocate miles away from their customers, about homes being redeveloped into flats for overseas investors, and about industry being cleared away to make room for bars and restaurants.’

Patria Roman, Latin Elephant said, ‘Migrant and ethnic economies are an important asset for London’s status as a global city and their contribution to the UK economy and to community cohesion cannot be ignored. More needs to be done to support ethnic and migrant economies so that their place in the global city is not lost as a result of regeneration.’

Dan Hopewell, Bromley by Bow Centre said, ‘Working with local people and partners we have fostered an entrepreneurial culture within east London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, establishing over 50 local social enterprises and 275 new jobs. We are keen to contribute to shaping London’s future development, as a global city, and a city of vibrant, diverse and entrepreneurial communities.’

Further resources:

Programme and presentations available: James Meadway, nef; Diane Perrons, LSE; Patria Roman, Latin Elephant; Rachel Laurence, nef (slides and project summary).

- View photos and a summary of twitter activity from the event.

- Full report and video footage to follow

Notes to editors

  1. Just Space Economy and Planning (JSEP) formed in 2013 in order to build capacity within the Just Space London-wide network of community groups to participate in planning on economic issues. Further information at and
  1. ‘London for all: opening up debate on London’s economy’ was held on Monday 14 July at Bromley by Bow Centre. Speakers included Jenny Jones (Chair of London Assembly Economy Committee), Sue Terpilowski (London Policy Spokesperson, Federation of Small Businesses), James Meadway and Rachel Laurence (new economics foundation), Diane Perrons (London School of Economics), Jack Hibberd (Truman’s Beer and East End Trades Guild) and Laurie Heselden (TUC London Region). The event was chaired by David Fell (London Remade).
  1. Further details at A ‘storify’ of the Twitter activity around the event is at Photos at for All event 14 July 2014.
  1. By engaging with a more diverse range of groups, JSEP has already uncovered evidence of the under-represented economies locating in London’s high streets, affordable office spaces and industrial areas. JSEP is concerned that the Mayor’s proposed changes to the London Plan are likely to squeeze out these activities, posing severe risks to the prospects of achieving a more inclusive and sustainable London economy ( JSEP is also concerned that the Economic Development Plan being developed by the London Enterprise Panel does not deal with issues of sustainability and inclusion, and has largely been developed in private with no community involvement (
  1. For further information contact myfanwy.taylor AT in the first instance.