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Case Study 3: Proposed development at Archway in London Borough of Islington


Environmental Justice or Inequality?

Environmental Justice

Relevant Themes

Regeneration, development, pedestrian movements and safety.

Profile of the community

Residents and shop owners in Archway. Focus groups were involved in the consultation and included residents of Girdlestone Estate, BAME groups and young people (aged 14-18).

Barriers to resolve & what was done

Barriers: Accessibility and Awareness. Better Archway Forum (BAF) is a focus group of a cross section of the community, set up in January 2005 in response to plans for redevelopment at Archway. Impact included reduced access to local facilities, which in-turn discourages investment and enjoyment or area during construction. Planning and design mechanisms were sought to improve access to local facilities and public spaces to increase ease of movement through area and therefore perception of safe and vibrant community.

Response: The Mapping Change for Sustainable Communities Project (MCSC) led by UCL with funding from UrbanBuzz and project partners including London 21 and Planning Aid for London developed a community information hub for current and future development and a tool to allow search for groups and to enable them to work together to shape developments.

BAF undertook pedestrian counts measured at different times of the day. The data was analysed and compared with the view that the largest group of users could be given priority in future improvement works.  As a result the Archway Development Framework engaged with BAF in scenario design, transport options and consultation process.

SMART targets/ indicators of inequality

Digital Mapping


As a result of the consultation process it was revealed that the majority of people preferred gradual and partial redevelopment. The focus groups helped to improve the community representation and highlight the differences between the groups.  For instance, the importance of addressing problems such as crime, to young people.

Islington Borough Council and Transport for London will consider the pedestrian survey results as part of future plans. Mapping has identified concerns from the local community and helped in communicating with the local authority and decision-makers. Mapping has increased the capacity of the community regarding data collection and analysis and assisting in helping to produce action plans.


MCSC Project will train local people and communities to use these maps, which will help build long-term skills and engagement.

Use of SMS technology provides information about local events, overcoming a barrier of engagement due to lack of information.


Contact: Dr Muki Haklay (Project Coordinator)

Photograph by Only Alice

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