Affordable Workspace Strategy

Brent’s Affordable Workspace Strategy was approved by Cabinet in September 2020 with proposed initiatives to increase Affordable Workspace and deliver business and employment growth in the borough. Key actions include increasing the number of Affordable Workspace Operators, bringing workspace to vacant shops, new planning guidance, and creating a Workspace Investment Fund.

More information about the work we are doing can be found in the adopted Affordable Workspace Strategy and the Action Plan (please email AffordableWorkspace@brent.gov.uk for a fully accessible version or a print version of the document).

A brief outline can be read below:

Action 1: Develop a Brent Affordable Workspace Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to expand on draft Local Plan Policy BE1.

Action 2: Expand the Affordable Workspace Operator list to give developers a better range of options when disposing affordable workspace, and improve the local affordable workspace offer.

Action 3: Create or facilitate affordable workspace projects in vacant and hard to let properties on the high street.

Action 4: Inform and direct business cases for workspaces in Council assets and developments, specific to location and context, for how best to develop and manage the workspace.

Action 5: Facilitate and optimise affordable workspace delivery in mixed-use development in site allocations that trigger draft Local Plan Policy BE1 and BE2.

Action 6: Agree a forward plan for using S106 commuted sums collected in lieu of onsite affordable workspace.

Action 7: Work with economic development and finance colleagues to create a specific discretionary business rate relief for Affordable Workspace Operators.

Action 8: Develop and launch a Brent finance and grant scheme for Affordable Workspace Operators with a focus on either location or sector.