The LDN Collective were commissioned by the City of London Corporation to design a new form of stakeholder engagement, taking into account the way the world has changed post-pandemic. The City Plan 2040 will provide an overarching framework for future development in the Square Mile over the next 17 years, setting out the priorities for local residents, businesses, and open spaces.

Several public consultation workshops have taken place throughout June on key topics and areas within the City Plan. Local residents, commuters, businesses and community groups were invited to register interest for the workshops and help the City Corporation shape future planning policy across the Square Mile.

The priorities include a clear vision and approach to tall buildings, heritage, sustainability, culture, health and wellbeing. These topic based workshops were held at The London Centre, the new venue to discuss and debate London’s built environment located in Guildhall, with models of the Square Mile as well as the whole of London.

A number of key areas across the city were identified which are likely to experience significant change, and specific workshops held in each location including;

• Fleet Street and Ludgate
• Smithfield and Barbican
• Thames Riverside, Pool of London and Blackfriars
• The City Cluster and Liverpool Street
• Aldgate, Tower and Portsoken

Our team members edge urban design produced diagrams for each of these key areas of change, which were used to encourage participation. Liane Hartley from Mend London was Lead Facilitator for the workshops, having carried out extensive research and will be reporting on the outcomes. Natasha Reid of Matter Space Soul developed the stakeholder engagement methodology, based on her innovative new Place Quality Framework.

Don’t worry if you missed the workshops, you can still #haveyoursay and keep updated by registering on this dedicated Commonplace website

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, Shravan Joshi, said:

“The City is home to a diverse range of communities and their involvement will be crucial in determining the future development of the Square Mile. I would like to encourage everyone who can attend these workshops, either in person or online, to do so. With the help of our residents and businesses, we will ensure that the City is the world’s most innovative, inclusive and sustainable business ecosystem, as well as an attractive place to invest, work, live, learn and visit.”

Here is a testimonial from Rob McNicol Assistant Director of Planning at the City of London. Please do get in touch if you would like us to offer similar support.