The Mayor published draft supplementary planning guidance in September on London’s Central Activities Zone (CAZ) for public consultation. The CAZ covers London’s geographic, economic and administrative core. Large parts of the Knowledge Quarter are either within the CAZ (including Bloomsbury, Euston and King’s Cross) or on its fringe.
The Knowledge Quarter submitted a formal response to the CAZ consultation. Our response:
- Highlighted the Knowledge Quarter’s important economic and cultural contribution to London’s CAZ. The Knowledge Quarter contains important clusters of activity in such areas of biotechnology research and development, higher education, publishing, marketing and graphic design and scientific research and development.
- Highlighted the Knowledge Quarter as a thriving cultural area with a significant cluster of cultural organisations including those of international significance such as the British Library and British Museum.
- Welcomed the recognition of the importance of specialist clusters in the CAZ and the benefits derived from clustering and the recognition of the digital and tech clusters in Clerkenwell, Angel and King’s Cross as well as the life science research clusters around the Euston Road
- Asked that the Knowledge Quarter area be recognised as an existing cluster, and as an innovation district within the CAZ. We believe that the make-up of the Knowledge Quarter is unique in London. The vibrancy and diversity of specialisms the clusters represent provides the perfect conditions for innovation and the exchange of knowledge.
- Welcomed the new focus on culture and the creative industries within the CAZ and recognition of the contribution of the creative industries in Kings Cross and Mid-Town.
You can read the Knowledge Quarter’s full response to the CAZ public consultation here