Our Economic Growth Strategy



Our Economic Growth Strategy, published in 2016, sets out our plans for investment, growth and regeneration to 2020. These plans are based around five themes:

  • Business – We will keep, seed and grow businesses in the borough with a targeted approach to specific sector, to ensure Waltham Forest’s economy thrives and overall productivity increases.
  • Town centres – We will support and promote retail, business, cultural, leisure and residential investment in our town centres that recognises their unique identities and invests in their future.
  • Housing growth – We aim to build 12,000 new homes by 2020, creating great places to live and supporting the borough’s vibrant local economy.
  • Employment and skills – We will ensure that local people have the skills and ability to capture the opportunities of growth and to access high-quality employment in the borough and across London.
  • Infrastructure – We will ensure that growth supports the delivery of vital infrastructure and new facilities across the borough.

Waltham Forest is growing faster than any other borough in London. This is partly due to the significant effect of investment in Olympic legacy projects and to overall move eastwards of London’s economy.

Read our full Economic Growth Strategy 2016-20 (pdf 902KB)


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The council has a central role in leading and promoting economic growth. We are working closely with developers and partners to secure future improvement and benefits for residents.

In recent years, we have secured significant investment and delivered improvements to the borough’s town centres. This makes Waltham Forest an increasingly attractive place to live, work and visit.