Launch! A handbook for groups fighting to retain workspace in London

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Please join us on Monday 21st September 6.30-8.30pm at the New Economics Foundation for the launch of London for all! A handbook for community and small business groups fighting to retain workspace for London’s diverse economies. We will hear from some of the groups featured in the handbook, and hear responses from the Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee, the London branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and the New Economics Foundation. Copies of the handbook will be available, as well as refreshments provided by Truman’s Beer, a member of the East End Trades Guild.

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Chair: David Fell, Brook Lyndhurst and London Remade

6.30pm Welcome

Elizabeth Cox, Head of New Economy in Practice, New Economics Foundation

Myfanwy Taylor, Just Space Economy and Planning (and University College London)

6.45pm Introducing the handbook

Dr Jessica Ferm, University College London

Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group

Krissie Nicholson, East End Trades Guild

Christian Spencer Davies, Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum

7.15pm Brief responses

Fiona Twycross, Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee

Sue Terpilowski, London Policy Chairperson, Federation of Small Businesses

Rachel Laurence, Local Economies Coordinator, New Economics Foundation

7.30pm Discussion

8pm Refreshments

Further information about the handbook

The handbook draws together the experience and knowledge gained by community and small business groups so far, so that others in London and elsewhere can learn from it. It is divided into three main parts:

Firstly, we describe the threat to workspace in London, in particular to local shops, markets and workshops in high streets and town centres and to industrial premises, and explain why this is causing serious economic, social and environmental problems for our city.

Secondly, we explain why this is happening, focusing on changes to housing and planning policy and financial pressures, as well as problems of poor representation, evidence and resources for community and business groups.

Thirdly, we present case studies of the tools, tactics and strategies used by community and small business groups to challenge planning policies and developments in London which contribute to these problems and put forward alternative approaches.

Ten Case Studies

1. Latin Elephant

2. Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum

3. The Carpenters Estate

4. Charlton Riverside

5. Community Planning in Waterloo

6. Peckham Vision


8. East End Trades Guild

9. Friends of Queen’s Market

10. West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust

This handbook has received financial support from the Economic and Social Research Council, UCL’s Public Engagement Unit and Just Space.

How to find the New Economics Foundation

Salamanca Place is a brand new high rise building occupying the block between Black Prince Road and Salamanca Road, right next to the railway line. If you’re coming down Black Prince Road from Albert Embankment it is immediately before the railway bridge on the right. Turn into the alley in front of the building, with the building to your left, and the first entrance you come to is NEF’s front door – buzz for reception and you’ll be let in and directed up to the first floor offices or down to the basement event space.