Brent Council, with partners, has faced up to the formidable challenge of devising an 'Inclusive Growth Strategy' for the next 20 years.
The report on the Strategy which is to be discussed at Full Council on November 25th states:
The Inclusive Growth Strategy (IGS) is a long term strategy that identifies choices available to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of growth over the next 20 years. Broader in scope than a Regeneration Strategy, the IGS is supported by a detailed evidence base drawn up in-house by officers across all the council service areas, with early support provided by the LSE Cities programme. The IGS builds on the medium term Borough Plan and takes a longer term scan of the horizon of different futures. Headline growth trends and impacts considered in the IGS include:
Brent’s population projected to grow 17% and reach 400,000 people by 2040
Brent’s population over 80 years old projected to double by 2040
Automation placing a third of jobs in Brent at higher risk
Employment growth in creative and circular economies
Rise of older workers driving demand for retraining and flexible employment
Increasing housing unaffordability, as house prices outstrip wage growth
Private renters increasing to be 40% of London’s households by 2025
Growing water demand and widening deficit versus available water supply
Sewer capacity at critical levels by 2050 in north and west parts of Brent
Transformation of Brent’s energy mix to reach zero carbon by 2050 – requiring fossil fuel use reduction of 80% and increased renewable energy use of 500%
Ageing population, obesity levels and increased risks for black and minority ethnic groups, driving even higher levels of diabetes in Brent’s population
Continued decline in traditional retail and greater high street diversification
The full report with an attached Action Plan is a hefty 73 pages and embedded below for convenience. Click bottom right square for full page view.