Written evidence from the Host Boroughs Unit (OLL 27)
1.1 The Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), published in December 2009, is the Olympic legacy strategy of the five host boroughs which will ensure real, significant and lasting change.
1.2 The host boroughs -
1.3 The legacy vision of the host boroughs goes far beyond sport. It is
that of convergence: that within 20
years, the communities who host the 2012 Games will have the same social and
economic chances as their neighbours across
1.4 The SRF is an expression of the host boroughs' determination to use the 2012 Games as a catalyst for radical socio-economic and physical regeneration. Delivery of the Games is not sufficient in itself to achieve this level of transformation. The ambition and commitment must be embedded in all tiers of government and across all public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations working in the sub region.
1.5 The SRF outlines measurable indicators for the social and economic regeneration of the host borough communities resulting from investment in the Olympics. Sport and culture are included as part of the overall approach.
1.6 Sub regional working in the host boroughs is a direct result of hosting the Olympics. Strong local partnerships will be vital and need to be supported in order to achieve the SRF outcomes.
1.7 The SRF was agreed by the Mayor of London, Olympics Minister, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the host borough leaders and Mayors at the meeting of the Olympic Park Regeneration Steering Group in October 2009.
1.8 The principle of convergence and the Olympic-led regeneration of
1.9 The sub region will increasingly offer national and regional government a new and more relevant framework for developing policies focused on the achievement of socio-economic convergence.
1.10 The SRF summary document, which includes detail on indicators, outcomes and action, has been provided with this submission.
2. Introduction from the host boroughs
2.1 We are proud supporters of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and our residents are determined to do all that they can to help host a successful Games in 2012. However, it is our job to set out a legacy vision for the area which goes beyond this sporting occasion.
2.2 The place we call home is one of the most culturally vibrant and
dynamic areas of the country. Yet the scale of poverty and deprivation
experienced by our
2.3 If you are one of the 1.25 million residents in the host borough
area you are less likely to do well at school, get a good job, earn a living
wage or feel you live in a good place than residents in any other area of
2.4 Our vision for an Olympic legacy is that within 20 years the
residents who will host the world's biggest event will enjoy the same social
and economic chances as their neighbours across
2.5 Achieving our vision for the area and reducing the inequalities
which hold back our boroughs will not just benefit families in the host
boroughs. The whole of
2.6 We have come together to work on the Strategic Regeneration Framework as a direct result of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We believe that we are collectively responsible for ensuring a better future for our boroughs and the people who live in them. We know that we can achieve more by working together, and in partnership with others.
- Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham & Chair of the Host Boroughs Joint Committee
- Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of
- Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney
- Cllr Lutfur Rahman, Leader of Tower Hamlets
- Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of
3. About the Strategic Regeneration Framework
3.1 The Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) brings together the regeneration of the physical area of the host boroughs and the socio-economic regeneration of the communities who live within it. It outlines how the Olympics can be used as a catalyst for regeneration across the host boroughs area.
3.2 The five host boroughs account for the greatest cluster of
3.3 Due to the demography of the area, it is likely that in order to reach its goals, the SRF will have to widen the opportunities available to some of the most disadvantaged and hardest to reach groups in the boroughs.
3.4 The SRF has been approved as a basis for the legacy regeneration of the host boroughs by the Secretary of State for Communities, the Minister for the Olympics, the Mayor of London and the Mayors and Leaders of the host boroughs. That approval extends to the agreement of the inclusion of the principle of convergence in the relevant planning and policy development of local and regional government and the relevant activities of national Government and the active support of officials at all levels to assist in the implementation of the SRF.
3.6 The Games and physical transformation of the
4. The principle of convergence
4.1 The aim is that in the next 20 years, residents in the host boroughs
will equal the
rates will increase to the
incomes in the bottom two fifths of earners in the host borough area will be
increased to the
people in the host borough area will have improved GCSE results to at least the
borough 11 year olds will have at least the same educational attainment as the
· The number
of families in receipt of benefits in the host boroughs area will fall to no
more than the
· The rate of
violent crime will continue to fall and reflect the
in the host boroughs area, particularly men, will have increased life
expectancy to the
4.2 The challenge for improvement is immense - in many areas the host
boroughs will have to improve at 2 or 3 times the average
4.3 Seven outcomes have been identified that will need to be achieved to address deprivation and meet the convergence objective:
1. Creating a coherent and high quality city within a world city region
2. Improving educational attainment, skills and raising aspirations
3. Reducing worklessness, benefit dependency and child poverty
4. Homes for all
5. Enhancing health and wellbeing
6. Reduce serious crime rates and anti social behaviour
7. Maximising the sports legacy and increasing participation
4.4 These indicators and outcomes provide measurable targets that will enable progress to be effectively monitored.
5. Benefits of the 2012 Olympics
5.1 The 2012 Games and Olympic Park legacy bring the needs of the host boroughs into sharp focus, and through the promise of legacy benefits for communities, create the opportunity to tackle the physical and social deprivation that characterises the sub region.
5.2 The Games will bring direct benefits to the host boroughs and in some areas the impact of these benefits are already being seen:
5.3 The physical regeneration of the
5.4 The infrastructure which will service the Games is already transforming the host borough public realm and transport network. These developments will help boost the economy of the whole host borough area.
5.5 The construction of the Olympic Park has brought training, job and contract benefits to local businesses and local people.
5.6 The creation of housing, social and educational infrastructure within the Olympic Park will help to meet the housing needs of the host borough areas and create educational and health opportunities for residents of adjoining areas.
5.7 The sporting facilities on the Park and the 2012 Games themselves have already created a platform within the host boroughs for a lasting sporting legacy for local communities.
5.8 The spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is being seized as partners work together to deliver cultural, sports and volunteering programmes which promote the active engagement of residents and build community cohesion.
5.9 After the Games, the Park will become a focus of sporting and social
activity for the people of the four host boroughs to the north of the
5.10 The scale of the Olympic Park development, and the holding of the
Games in the Park, at Excel, Woolwich, O2 and
5.11 The host boroughs are already feeling the benefits to the visitor economy arising from the planning for and hosting of the 2012 Games. These benefits are expected to rise in the period between 2009 and 2012 and will become an important and sustainable part of the host borough economy.
5.12 There is evidence that the reputational benefit of the Olympics after 2012 will be of substantial assistance in the marketing of the Olympic Park and its fringe areas.
6. How the Strategic Regeneration Framework will operate
6.1 The SRF will work by improving the coordination and delivery of socio-economic interventions linked to the Olympic Games legacy. The SRF will provide sub-regional strategic leadership to address barriers to improvement, and harness the opportunities available through the sub region's improved connectivity, housing offer, public realm and economic growth.
6.2 The SRF needs to influence all aspects of the regeneration of the host borough sub region over a 20-year period. It therefore requires a flexible and iterative approach, combined with firm objectives and clear outcomes for the community.
6.3 The SRF does not rely on asking for increased funding. It will work by adding value in:
· more strategic planning and delivery
· building links between traditionally separate programme areas where an integrated approach offers significant net gains, such as health and housing
· realising opportunities which have lacked a clear champion to take them forward
7. The deprivation gap
7.1 The most overwhelming challenge that the host borough area faces is
the scale of its disadvantage, compared with the rest of
7.2 On almost every indicator available, the fate of families and communities
living in the host boroughs is on average worse than other communities in
· 64.2% of
the population are employed in the sub region compared with 70.4% in
varies from 18% to 38% of households in the five boroughs against a
· there are
low levels of adult skills compared to the
· there is
almost an 8% gap in GCSE attainment from the
· an extra 15
people per 100,000 population die prematurely in the host boroughs than in
· one in four
children are classified as obese by Year Six, above the
7.3 Without the organising principle of convergence, the scale of
progress and development will not automatically bring economic benefits to
residents in the area.
7.4 The host boroughs are home to approximately a sixth of
7.5 A significant factor in the demographics of the host borough area is the high rate of churn. The host boroughs experience very high levels of inward migration of poor and deprived families. The constant flow of transient populations is a particular challenge in the creation of sustainable communities and tackling this problem on a pan-London basis will be a significant factor in achieving the SRF outcomes.
8. Sub-regional partnership
8.1 A strong and coherent sub-regional partnership is essential to deliver a lasting legacy. The SRF aims to enhance strategic partnership across the five boroughs, recognising the breadth of work underway through the Local Strategic Partnerships to achieve their Local Area Agreement priority outcomes.
8.2 In many cases, the sub-regional partnerships resulting from the SRF are entirely new. Their formation has highlighted the potential for sub-regional partnership working, and a commitment to a shared multi-agency approach to achieve convergence on the seven priority indicators of change.
8.3 The combination of a sub-regional approach and the host boroughs partnership has also developed a Multi Area Agreement that includes a sub-regional investment strategy approach for worklessness and housing.
8.4 The relationship between the five host boroughs is formalised in the
establishment of a Statutory Joint Committee, unique in
9. Governance proposals
9.1 The SRF is a long-term project requiring sustained commitment from all levels of government and all partners operating in the host borough area. This requires a robust governance structure providing for:
· A shared commitment to long-term outcomes
· A shared commitment to working in partnership to achieve those outcomes
· An effective system for monitoring progress and revising plans
· A mutual accountability of each partner to all others
· A consistent and enduring political commitment and engagement at national, regional and local level
· An effective long-term system for engaging and involving communities, the private and the third sector
9.2 The newly created East London Legacy Board (ELLB) has been charged with supporting the implementation of SRF and brings together lead officials from the host boroughs, the Olympic Park Legacy Company and representatives of central and regional government. The ELLB has direct accountability to the Olympic Park Regeneration Steering Group and links to national legacy arrangements.
10. Next steps
10.1 This first stage of the SRF explains the context, defines the approach to the physical regeneration of the sub region, sets the outcome targets for improvement in key deprivation indicators, and outlines the next steps for all partners towards their achievement. It will be followed this year by a second stage which sets out further legacy benefits, the economic prospects for the sub region, and the detail of the first five-year action plan.
10.2 The host boroughs believe that the regeneration of their area can and should bring benefits to the areas that surround them. They aim to:
· Consult with relevant neighbouring areas that may be affected by developments in the host boroughs
· Develop host borough plans in a manner that allows benefits to be spread over a wider area
· Recognise interlocking sub-regional opportunities
11. A note on sport and culture
11. 1 The SRF contains an indicator on sports participation. By 2015, the host boroughs will achieve 15,000 more adults taking a healthy level of physical activity, 25,000 adults currently taking no physical activity taking some exercise each week, and approximately 48,000 more children participating in high quality school sport.
11.2 This will be achieved through implementing sports plans across the five boroughs, allied to Olympic venues, which foster talent, cater for performance athletes, and encourage sports participation by residents of all ages, income levels and backgrounds. Sport and physical activities will also be used to build community cohesion and ensure young people chose positive pathways; and the boroughs will develop and promote the sports and visitor offer to attract national and international events.
11.3 The host boroughs are home to the largest cultural quarter in
11.4 The boroughs are working together to deliver an annual arts
festival, CREATE, with leading venues and cultural organisations. The aim is to
11.5 CREATE 09 attracted audiences of over 822,000 with opportunities
for 220,000 to actively participate in events and contributed £15m to the east
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