Concilio hosted a breakfast briefing on Tuesday 22nd January at RICS with guest speaker Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, who shared his vision for the borough over the next decade.
Well connected and open for business were the key messages to take away the speech given by Councillor of the Year 2018, Redbridge Council Leader, Cllr Jas Athwal, as he set out his vision for Redbridge over the coming decade.
The borough’s new Local Plan, adopted last March, recognises the need for new housing. Its ambitious target of delivering 1,123 new homes per annum by 2030 will be achieved through a number of initiatives.
Redbridge has excellent transport links. The Central Line accounts for eleven tube stops and TfL Rail operates within the borough, getting commuters to central London in no less than twenty minutes. And with four Crossrail stops on their way, the local authority looks to maximise these transport hubs to attract new housing development.
The regeneration of Ilford Town Centre is a top priority and the Council’s show piece in regenerating the borough, set to deliver 6,000 new homes and create up-to 2,000 new jobs.
But the local authority is also looking to develop homes itself, using land from the council’s estate, which accounts for around 25% of all land in the borough. Its own development company, Redbridge Living, will begin to bring forward new housing schemes.
Cllr Athwal was keen to emphasise that the borough wants quality designs. With this, and the other provisions met, the Council will look favourably upon new developments.
Residential amenity is especially important, too. The Council is pushing forward with plans for five state-of-the-art Community Hubs across the borough which aim to ensure that residents are no more than a 20- minute’s walk from their local library, children’s centre and GP practice.
As with many outer London boroughs, Redbridge is an area that is increasingly attracting the interest of investors. Its central London counterparts are witnessing fewer major planning applications and less development and the Leadership of Redbridge is clear that it is open for business.
Redbridge is quietly becoming the outer London borough to watch in 2019.
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