Boroughs | Newham




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Stratford, E15
  2. Lower Lea Valley, E16

Investment Opportunities

Stratford, E15

Stratford, E15

2022 marks 10 years since the London Olympics and Paralympics. The Stratford Vision will provide an overarching spatial vision for the wider Stratford area, with a particular focus on the town centre.  It connects the population of Newham to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is the major centre for services in the area, which includes Stratford High Street, Stratford Station, the existing Stratford Centre, Old Town Hall and office buildings such as Broadway, Jubilee and Bridge House). Stratford is home to much of Newham’s heritage and history, as well as being the place best suited to realising the opportunity for more diverse and exciting culture in our borough. 

Lower Lea Valley, E16

Lower Lea Valley, E16

In 2020 the Council successfully bid for HM Treasury’s Local Infrastructure Rate loan funding for up to £7.25m based on a proposal to deliver three new footbridges, working alongside the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The programme proposals have been inspired by Patrick Abercrombie’s 1944 London Plan vision of the River Lea as a ‘green wedge’ providing ‘every piece of land welded into a great regional reservation’. 

A Levelling Up award of £2m has been made to Lochnagar Bridge, which will service key development sites of over 40,000 new homes and more than 280,000 sq m of commercial space in Newham and Tower Hamlets. A further £500,000 is secured for cultural interventions to the Leaway Path that will contribute to improved walking and cycling routes.

Newham is the first London borough to use livelihood, wellbeing and happiness as its prime measure of economic success as part of an ambitious response to the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Towards a Better Newham’ Covid-19 Recovery Strategy sets out how it will work with residents, stakeholders and partners to combat the economic impact of Covid-19 on its communities as it rebuilds a better Newham. 

A core part of the strategy is six town centres and 13 high streets where investment and revival will bolster these places as centres of community and civic activity as well as commerce and business as part of two successful £40mLevelling Up Fund projects: 15 Minute Neighbourhoods and Connections to Opportunity. Important themes and objectives for the Newham bids relate to supporting investment that will enhance transport connectivity as part of the administration’s 15 minute neighbourhoods plans, as well as other vital regeneration plans to revive local town centres, high streets and heritage sites will also benefit from the funding.

Additionally, as part of our transition to a green economy in response to the climate emergency, the bids will support learning and employment opportunities through our plans to develop thriving digital, data and creative sectors in Newham. 


Population projections 2021 360,061

Population projections 2050 508,097


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 38,500

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 1,000+

  • Following a successful ballot of residents in December 2021, the Carpenters Estate in Stratford will undergo one of the most ambitious and largest estate regeneration programmes in London, providing over 2,000 high quality and sustainable homes – including over 1,000 that will be at social rent. In addition, estate regeneration programmes are also at masterplanning stage in Custom House (800 homes) and Canning Town (1,750 homes); this will also include transformational new community, retail and healthcare facilities.
  • An ambitious affordable homes building programme is seeing work on 1,000 new homes start by March 2022, some of which are being built by the Council’s wholly owned housing company Populo Homes, and which has benefitted from the highest grant allocation of £107 million from the Mayor of London under the auspices of the GLA’s ‘Affordable Homes for Londoners’ programme.
  • £40m has been awarded by the Levelling Up Fund, the highest award out of the £65m allocated to London. This funding will ensure major new investment in underutilised and empty buildings so that they can be used for activities which will ensure community wealth building, new improvements to the Leaway as well public realm/road improvements. Allied to levelling up, the council is taking the lead on a dynamic cultural strategy to ensure creative industries thrive, as well as the Newham Sparks initiative which is pioneering new approaches to how the data and tech sectors can drive forward job growth and new skills for Newham residents.

Dave Hughes, Director of Inclusive Economy and Housing 

“Our recovery strategy is a fundamental shift to embed an economy which places the health and wellbeing of our residents and race equality central to our aspirations of inclusive growth, quality jobs and fairness in Newham. That’s why, as we reimagine a better borough, economic security, health, equality and the environment will be the focus of our rehabilitation and recovery.”

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