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Canada Water is first area to have regeneration Charter developed to ensure benefits for local people

12 December 2018

Projects for young people, tackling isolation and skills development are just three of the benefits Southwark Council is aiming to deliver for communities in the Canada Water area through its first ever Social Regeneration Charter.

The Charter, whose principles were approved at the council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 11 December, is the first of a series of documents being designed for Southwark’s major regeneration areas that lay out a common vision and programme to improve the well-being of residents in and around the area, to be delivered through joint working and local input.

The council is working closely with developers British Land, who developed an outline Charter as part of the wider Canada Water Masterplan development agreement, which was submitted with the masterplan planning application in May 2018.

For Canada Water, the Cabinet last night agreed to five emerging priorities including:

  • Mental Health – outreach and raising awareness
  • Projects for young people – ‘things to do’ and tackling social isolation
  • Estate programmes – ensuring the impacts of regeneration reach all residents
  • Employment and skills – training, apprenticeships and jobs for local people
  • Supporting enterprise – capacity building for local traders

The Council will work together with British Land to review and align these priorities as details of the Charter and adjoining Place Action Plan are developed further.

Cllr Leo Pollak, Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Homes, said: “It is important when regeneration and change comes to our borough that key strategic partners are aligned with the priorities of the council and the community, and setting their sights high in realising a wide range of tangible benefits for existing communities.

“The Canada Water Social Regeneration Charter, developed with British Land, presents the results of a series of intensive consultation exercises reaching thousands of local people, and identifies a number of emerging priorities for the redevelopment – among them supporting new enterprise and skills development initiatives, creating new opportunities for young people, and spreading the benefits of new investment to neighbouring estates. “

Eleanor Wright, British Land said: “It’s important that the masterplan delivers sustainable, positive change for the community and that this is informed by local input. We’re delighted about the cabinet decision and we look forward to working in partnership to deliver on key local priorities over the coming years.”

Page last updated: 12 December 2018

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