Future Cities Forum talks 'New Districts'

4 March 2024

Future Cities Forum held its 'New Districts' forum in the City of London, looking at the recent announcement by the UK government to increase development on brownfield land for housing. 

Senior Inward Investment Manager, Fay Cannings attended on behalf of Invest Waltham Forest, and spoke about our Levelling Up investment for Leyton station and how it will help unlock significant further investment in much needed new affordable homes, workspaces and community infrastructure. 

Fay shared: 

'The funding has really helped with capacity at the station and has been a spring board for regeneration for the borough. Leyton was already well connected, but this funding has meant that the station is now fully accessible. We have a new neighbourhood strategy and we are working to future proof for sustainability, particularly around the high street, making it more vibrant and supporting local businesses. It is giving a local pride and brand to Leyton as well as new housing.

'In our borough we have our planning and design which is giving a clear trajectory. We need to preserve commercial space and we have a commitment to industry first, protecting our industrial sites for manufacture and small start-ups. Coronation Square is a mixed-use development with high-quality public space and a model to copy in other areas. The health of the community is very important and we have a new health hub planned with nursery space, gardens, wayfinding and signage.'

To read the full article, visit Future Cities website.