Town Centre Futures
Project Partner: Centre for London
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to create a greener, cleaner recovery, and enhance the roles of all of London’s Centres moving forward. CRP’s Town Centre Futures research project will provide practical recommendations for London’s key players, inter-linking transport, economic, environmental, cultural and health aspects of London’s future.
This research, delivered by Centre for London, will focus on up to 12 typologies across London – covering London’s major centres, district centres and neighbourhood centres. London has created an enormous value based on collaboration and innovation, and this report aims to bring together partners from across London to emphasis and build on this.
This study forms part of the Central London Sub-Regional Transport Partnership (CLSRTP) work programme. CLSRTP enables collaboration and information-sharing between partner boroughs on key sub-regional transport priorities. CLSRTP engages in a range of projects across the below to address these priorities which range from innovative pilots and trials, to forward-thinking research and strategy. Recent lockdowns have hugely impacted London’s transport system and influenced a shift in the way Londoners use transport, impacting on transport patterns, provisions and associated economic activity. Recommendations will be based on the impact COVID-19 has had on travel habits across the city.
This study work will take place between January and the end of March 2021, with the study being ready for implementation in the new financial year, starting 1st April 2021. Full account of other relevant studies will be taken (see selection below), and all appropriate cross-referencing will be undertaken.
Recommendations for how London’s Centres can work together and transform to deliver futures that are successful economically, environmentally and socially will take the form of short, medium and long term. Recommendations will be designed within the spheres of influence of Local Authorities, Business Improvement Districts, landowners and other strategic agencies.
CRP is committed to contributing to a green recovery from COVID-19, where Health, Environmental, Energy and Transport outcomes are maximised for all, in sustainable ways. The Centre for London findings will be presented to the March 2021 meeting of the CRP Board and launched at a Town Centres CRP virtual Lunchtime Launch from 13.15-14.00 on 25th March 2021.