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I was delighted recently to welcome around 150 people to the launch of the New London Architecture’s Borough Strategies exhibition in a swelteringly hot central London. This was the first event in a programme called the Borough Strand, of which Countryside is one of two Principal Supporters, and which has the objective of promoting ideas and best practice across London’s 33 Boroughs.

Working with London’s Boroughs to generate growth, housing supply and economic prosperity - by Michael Hill

I set out three reasons in my welcoming remarks as to why we are so keen to work with London’s Boroughs to generate growth, housing supply and economic prosperity.

Firstly, our partnership programme, which dates back to the late 1970s and has included more than 50 schemes, has demonstrated to us just how much can be achieved through partnerships between local authorities, other public bodies, and companies such as Countryside. Neighbourhood scale schemes such as the Peckham Partnership (1994-2008) and Acton Gardens (2010-2025 & pictured above) simply could not be delivered by a single agency, whether public or private.

Secondly, the way in which more and more local authorities are responding to the huge challenges of increased demand for services and reducing Government grant, in particular through the establishment of Council Companies and joint ventures is extremely encouraging and could mark the start of a golden era of partnerships.

Thirdly, we simply have to work together if we are to successfully tackle the huge housing problems in London that were so well set out in the London Housing Commission’s report earlier this year. We believe that London’s boroughs have potentially a very large role to play in this by for example increasing land supply through asset management, by boosting the intermediate and market rent sector through direct investment in this housing, and by working with housing associations to provide affordable homes for rent and intermediate sale.

It will be vital that knowledge and best practice is shared as fully and effectively as possible, not only between boroughs but between housebuilders and housing associations - indeed anyone who is making a real contribution to tackling these challenges. We will therefore not only support this Borough Strategies programme financially; we will also support it in practical terms for example by taking part in workshops, roundtables and best practice guidance.

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Michael Hill,
Business Strategy Director,

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