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Economy, Employment and Business

Economy, employment and business

Please see below for our evidence base, studies and strategies for Southwark's economy, employment and business sectors, including town centres, retail and industry.


 Employment, retail and industrial studies


The employment, retail and industrial studies seek to analyse the current conditions that sectors are operating in and to assess the quality, quantity and viability of employment space in the borough. They address the future potential for changes in land use and floor space demand.

There are studies on:

  • Borough-wide Employment Land Review (2016)
  • Old Kent Road Employment Land Review (2016)
  • Harmsworth Quay Non-residential uses study (2012)
  • Old Kent Road Employment Study (2016)
  • Borough-wide industrial and warehousing land study (2014)
  • Southwark Retail Study (2015)
  • Report on Understanding Perceptions of Southwark Town Centres (2014)



 Retail, business and employment background papers


Our background papers are prepared to support the approach taken in our planning policy and guidance documents and includes specific papers on:

  • Blackfriars Road (2014)
  • Canada Water (2014)
  • Core Strategy (borough-wide, 2010)
  • Elephant and Castle (2011)
  • Peckham and Nunhead (2013)



Southwark’s economic wellbeing strategy 2012-2020


Southwark’s economic wellbeing strategy sets out how the council will deliver a fairer future for people in light of economic changes, welfare reforms and reduced resources. The strategy focuses on equipping people with skills, supporting businesses to grow and prosper, improving town centres and high streets and helping residents to be financially independent.



Southwark High Streets London South Bank University Reports (2015)



London South Bank University has carried out a study of a selection of Southwark's major high street economies on behalf of the council, to support our economic wellbeing strategy. Assessments of eight high streets were made during February 2015, looking at footfall and spend patterns, the people using the high streets and how the areas are used and viewed.

Alongside a summary report, there are separate reports for:

  • Borough
  • Camberwell
  • Herne Hill
  • Lordship Lane
  • Nunhead Lane
  • Peckham Rye
  • Southwark Park Road
  • Walworth


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