Business consultation outcomes

A huge thank you to everyone who completed our business consultation survey over the last couple of months. By hearing your views, we’ll be able to shape our business plan and ensure that we meet the needs of our business community in advance of the formal ballot to become a business improvement district.

Businesses within the proposed footprint were invited to complete the survey. The responses demonstrate the thoughts of the business community and provide a transparent document that reflects the needs and aspirations of the business community.

The FSQ Partnership perception analysis is part of the formal legislative process that is followed in the
development of a business improvement district.

The consultation was carried out over a 6-week period from May to June. Due to the impact of the recent
pandemic, the survey was completed via an online survey, with the FSQ team engaging with businesses
eligible to vote via email and phone. Businesses that would be subject to pay the potential BID levy were
invited to take part in the survey, however, businesses outside the levy threshold were also considered and
encouraged to take part in the survey.

The survey consisted of a selection of questions across the key themes that the BID would hope to focus
on, along with general questions regarding the current partnership and BID ballot. The consultation allows
the current FSQ Partnership to gain an insight into the wants, needs and aspirations of the local business
community. The questions were designed to look at the opportunities available for improvements and
benefits to the area should the business improvement district become a formalised vehicle in 2022.

You can read the full outcomes and analysis here.


Plans by Fletcher Priest for a 13-storey office building have been given the green light by City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee

The Fleet Street Quarter was delighted to hear that plans by Fletcher Priest for a 13-storey office building have been given the green light by City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee

Martha Grekos, Chair of Public Realm and Environment said “On behalf of the FSQ, we are delighted that the scheme we supported has been granted a resolution for planning consent by the City of London Corporation’s Planning & Transportation Committee. The Partnership is supportive of the scheme’s improvements to the local public realm, which aid in the ambitions being formed within the Partnership’s own Area Based Strategy. The development will present an opportunity for enhanced pedestrian through routes, creating better permeability and accessibility. Our Partnership advocates the importance of strong external environments and public realm and its influence in the way we experience and feel about an area; a high-quality public realm can have a direct impact in increasing dwell time, local spend and investment. With 100 Fetter Lane sitting in the northern boundary of the Partnership, the developers have also made acknowledgment in looking for prospects of linking and engaging with local neighbourhoods, such as the Culture Mile.

A key highlight from the proposed scheme was around the development’s robust biodiversity, green infrastructure, and sustainability strategy. The developers have furthered their sustainability commitments by also implementing an ecological strategy, boosting biodiversity. Whilst the FSQ has its own commitments and ambitions, 100 Fetter Lane would fulfil ambitions linked to the City of London’s Biodiversity Plan and Climate Action Strategy. Whilst greening can offer visual enhancements to the area, the well thought out greening strategy also offers a functional purpose in future-proofing our district through climate resilience. In the short-term, co-benefits of greening will create pleasant spaces that encourages people to stay longer and engage more with their surroundings. This not only is a positive thing for local economies but adds to the vibrancy and character of an area, that can also positively impact peoples’ wellbeing.

The various improvements to the public realm, additional greening and economic prospects that the scheme presents are welcomed and celebrated by the Partnership, particularly as we look towards a recovery from the recent pandemic. We hope the City Corporation will approve this application and continue to support the ongoing regeneration and enhancement of the wider Fleet Street Quarter area.


FSQ responds to the draft City Plan 2036

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The new Local Plan, called City Plan 2036, is a plan for the future development of the City of London, setting out what type of development the City Corporation expects to take place and where. It sets out the City Corporation’s vision, strategy and objectives for planning up to 2036, together with policies that will guide future decisions on planning applications. Once adopted, the new Plan will replace the current City of London Local Plan adopted in January 2015.

The City Corporation published the Proposed Submission Draft of the City Plan 2036 for consultation (the Regulation 19 consultation) between 19 March 2021 and 10 May 2021.

On behalf of Fleet Street Quarter partnership (‘FSQ’), Martha Grekos, Chair of the Public Realm & Environment Steering Group for FSQ, submitted a response to the City of London Corporation. A copy is available here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/planning/planning-policy/local-plan-review-draft-city-plan-2036

As stewards of change, the FSQ wants to breath life into the history of Fleet Street by ensuring that the FSQ area becomes a multi-use area, one that cherishes and embraces its heritage but through modern place-making provides the quality and scope to be a designation magnet all through the week for visitors, residents, workers, businesses and commerce who want to live, work, and visit. This goes to the core of making the FSQ area sustainable, resilient and inclusive in the City’s recovery plan post Covid-19.

Only through creating the Fleet Street area as a stimulating and exciting part of the Square Mile can this be achieved and this is why the place-making consideration of the FSQ area through the draft City Plan 2036 is vital.

As Martha Grekos said: “Today, the FSQ Partnership have set out a vision to the Corporation of the offerings and changes that can be accommodated within the FSQ area. We welcome the Corporation’s views within the draft City Plan 2036 but it can support the regeneration of the FSQ area further than currently envisaged and in a more exciting and stimulating way if the Corporation stands back and thinks outside of the box. This is particularly important as we look forward to emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the once in a lifetime opportunity that the Corporation has to press the reset button and to move the City positively ahead to make sure that the City remains attractive to world-class talent, enhances opportunity for all and contributes to London’s and the UK’s continued success. Progress requires change. We want to celebrate the future of the FSQ area and we hope the Corporation will embrace these proposals in the draft City Plan 2036 so as to support the ongoing regeneration and enhancement of the wider FSQ area”.


Major plans for a new 18-room courthouse and police headquarters given the go-ahead

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Martha Grekos, Chair of the FSQ Public Realm & Environment Steering Group, is
delighted to announce the exciting news for Fleet Street Quarter with the recent planning
approval for the new development between Fleet Street and Salisbury Square, which
includes an innovative 18-courtroom facility and new headquarters for the City of London
Police.

Martha said “On behalf of the FSQ, we are delighted that the scheme we supported has
been granted a resolution for planning consent by the City of London Corporation’s
Planning & Transportation Committee. This is the beginning of Fleet Street’s regeneration.
The Fleet Street area has a rich history that presents an opportunity for its reinvigoration
through the modern renewal of its past. Not only does this new cutting edge facility reflect
the City of London’s role as a global centre for justice and legal services, but vibrant
developments such as these in the Fleet Street area create new public spaces and
transform the place to make it more exciting for people to visit. The development will help
improve access to some of the City’s historic assets such as Sir Christopher Wren’s St
Brides Church and will also enhance the public space around Salisbury Square and
provide more attractions such as shops, cafes and bars – all within a stone’s throw of the
River Thames.”

Designed by Eric Partners, the scheme will not only deliver an innovative 18-court facility
and new headquarters for the City of London Policy, but the three new buildings and the
adaptation of one listed building will create 11,783 sqm of office space, 256 sqm of retail
space, 1,1786 sum of public realm and a new pub at the grade II listed 2-7 Salisbury
Court.


City Gift Card Launch

City Gift Card Launch

The City Gift Card is a collective project created and funded by the Fleet Street Quarter alongside, Aldgate Connect BID, Cheapside Business Alliance, and the Eastern City Partnership. The new multi-venue gift card for the City of London is available to buy from the 9th December as part of efforts to encourage local shopping and drive local economic recovery in the Square Mile and London’s Eastern fringe. The new City Gift Card can be spent with businesses across the area including retail, leisure, hospitality and services.

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