Redbridge Growth Commission


Growing Redbridge together

The Growth Commission is a great opportunity for residents to help shape how we grow Redbridge together. Commissioners will reach out to community groups, residents associations, local business and charities and those who are part of and connected with the council and other statutory services. 

Commissioners will hold a series of online conversations, which anyone is welcome to join. The first round of conversations focused on identifying the challenges of growth, and ran from 20 July to 3 August.  

The first phase of discussions with Commissioners highlighted a range of challenges and opportunities created by growth in Redbridge: identity, infrastructure, community needs, business support, trust and more.

The second phase, which ran from 17 August to 25 August focused on how to identify ideas and solutions for these issues. These sessions brought people together to discuss with Commissioners what can be done to improve how growth happens in Redbridge. 

If you missed your opportunity to join a session, please check out our engagement platform and share your views and solutions. You can email us at if you have any questions, want to know more or have some ideas.


What is the Growth Commission

In 2018, we worked with over 1,600 residents to agree to a 'Brave New Towns' approach, which would grow the borough in a balanced and sustainable way.  Since then, housing targets set for the borough have increased by 75% and there is more pressure than ever to deliver new homes.  

We understand that what is coming ahead can be perceived as uncertain and residents can be worried.  But we also know that growth isn't just about new homes, but all of the things we need in our communities: jobs, businesses, green spaces, schools, sustainability, transport and more.  

This is why we have decided to set up a Growth Commission to help us understand how to shape growth together with Redbridge’s people and ensure that as we grow, everyone in Redbridge can benefit. It will need to consider the policy context, recognising the obligations and pressures we are facing as a Council alongside the concerns and aspirations of those who live, work, learn and play in Redbridge.  

As well as bringing a diverse range of experiences, the Commissioners will have conversations with residents, as well as local businesses, voluntary sector groups, faith leaders, developers and others to explore ways in which to do growth better. 

The Commission will operate from July 2020 to September 2020 and commissioners will produce a series of recommendations that will cover a wide range of themes. We will then translate these recommendations into a work programme and action plan that will be launched in winter 2020.


Commission members

The Growth Commission will be led by an independent group of six commissioners bringing expertise from a range of different perspectives including development and place-makingcommunity development, health and wellbeing, children and young people, and more. The commissioners have been selected on the basis of providing appropriate and balanced advice across a range of themes.  

Membership of the Growth Commission: 

  • Sophia de Sousa (Chair) – CEO, The Glass-House Community Led Design charity 
  • Bethia McNeil – CEO, Centre for Youth Impact  
  • David Ubaka – Founder, DUP Limited  
  • Imandeep Kaur – Director, Civic Square  
  • Sir Steve Bullock DL - Former Mayor of Lewisham and independent consultant 
  • Yashmin Harun BEM – Chair, Muslimah Sports Association  


The role of the Commissioners will be to:  

  • review council strategies and processes 
  • listen and engage with residents and other local stakeholders 
  • bring different perspectives and their expertise 
  • develop recommendations to be translated into a work programme and action plan. 



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