The 'Challenge': Invitation to local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals.

(Published 25 March 2021; Last Updated: 30th March 2021)

Earlier this week the ‘Challenge’ was issued by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Chair of London Councils Cllr Georgia Gould as part of a wider London recovery programme.  This is an invitation to local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals.  Each strategy can address common and local challenges and underpin the public re-imagining of high streets and town centres across London. Strategies can support actions across an entire high street or focus on an innovative exemplar high street recovery project.

The Challenge will provide targeted advice and up to £4 million of strategic enabling funding across London from June 2021 to inspire and help form these partnerships, prepare strategies, propose projects and test their effectiveness. It will support local engagement and promote a culture of ideas, experimentation and invention and build a pipeline of schemes for future investment opportunities.

You can find out more here.

The High Streets for All Challenge Possibilities Playbook also provides more useful information.

If you are interested please complete this form. Please refer to the playbook to support you when completing the form. If you are not able to provide all of the information requested in the form then don’t worry, your response will still be considered. If you are unable to fully respond to any of the questions, please add an explanation as to why this information cannot be provided at this stage. Proposals that are not presented in this template will not be considered. Please do not exceed the stated word limit.

Feedback cannot be provided on drafts of your response but if you have any queries about how to complete this response form please contact the GLA by email at [email protected] by Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Completed Stage 1 forms and supporting documentation should be sent by email to [email protected] by 4pm on Monday 17 May 2021.

If you are interested in a local partnership, please contact [email protected] 

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