The members of the Pilot Group have been selected due to their role as potential consumers of the tool and represent a cross section of our potential market. Although London focused, due to the geography of the project, they are providing us with a vital sounding board to test the proposals and ensure they are fit for purpose.
Greater London Authority
The Greater London Authority has strong ambitions to further enhance and increase London’s urban green infrastructure and fully support boroughs in managing these assets. As a result, from the outset they have been providing an overview of existing legislation and decision-making infrastructure as well as emerging programmes they are driving, which will influence how the tool is used. They would like the tool to assist all parties in the development process to think creatively about how to manage existing spaces and to make evidence and data backed decisions on provision of new green infrastructure.
Peabody Housing Trust (Thamesmead)
Thamesmead is a town in South-East London, and is the same size as central London. Measuring around 760 hectares, Peabody own around 65% of the land. Its rich landscape includes 75 hectares of greenways, pocket parks and other accessible green space, 7km of canals, five lakes, 5km of river frontage and 30,000 trees. Peabody has exciting plans to make Thamesmead into one of London’s most bio-diverse and sustainable urban living environments, increasing the number of people who enjoy Thamesmead’s unique parks and waterways.
Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) was established in 2015 by the Mayor of London to oversee the delivery of 25,500 new homes and the creation of 65,000 new jobs. This new centre and community in west London will be home to the largest sub-surface station to be built in the UK, linking two major national investment projects (High Speed 2 and the Elizabeth line) together. In delivering a new community for Londoners, OPDC is aware of the priority that publicly accessible open space commands in the delivery of high quality residential development. Old Oak will be a high density mixed use neighbourhood, so it is crucial that the value of greenspace being provided and created is fully understood within that context and that its contribution can be maximised across a range of environmental, health, economic and place making benefits.
London Boroughs of Camden and Islington
Two of London’s boroughs, Camden and Islington, are co-developing the toolkit with us to ensure that it will be applicable in local authority planning and investment decisions.