Winner: Barking & Dagenham LBC – Driving London’s Next Growth Opportunity – With No-One Left Behind
Barking & Dagenham is a deprived area but only 20 minutes from the thriving City of London. The council set up an independent growth commission and the Ambition 2020 programme, which led to a radical reshaping of the council based on the commission’s findings. Results have been outstanding, with a wholly owned, arms-length growth and regeneration company established, chaired by Lord Kerslake, and an agreed plan to triple annual housing development by 2021. The council has led land assembly and procurement for London’s largest film and TV studio and launched a second housing zone scheme of 3,000 units. It is London’s top performer for replacing sold council homes.
Highly Commended: Middlesbrough BC – Middlesbrough Investment Prospectus
Judges’ comments: This winning project showed a comprehensive whole system approach with significant innovative components. It demonstrated a shared vision with good political and partner synergies which really impressed the judging panel.
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Neil McInroy, chief executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Paul Najsarek, chief executive, Ealing LBC
Neil Taylor, chief executive, Bassetlaw DC