Creative Enterprise Zones in London

London is planning to create "artist zones" in areas such as Hackney Wick and Peckham to protect artists against soaring rents. According to Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture, the ultimate solution is to ensure artists own their studios (Evening Standard).
“If you look at the average salary of an artist it’s about £10,000 a year. The average property price in London is about £600,000 a year. There is real pressure on affordability. We’re predicting we’ll lose 30 per cent of artist spaces in the next five years so that is a particular pressure area.” (Evening Standard)
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture
“At the moment artists and creative people are like the advance party—they find the stranger, weird places that no one sees much value in, they bring them to life, the area becomes valuable and then they are priced out of the market. What we want to create is an area where creative people can put down roots and that would be a creative enterprise zone. That’s working with local authorities, developers with the creative community and residents. It’s putting a spotlight and a ring around an area.” (mental_floss)
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture
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Photograph via Peckham Platform

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