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Mayor names London's first Housing Zones
London's first Housing Zones have been announced by the Mayor of London. The new Zones, including areas in Bexley and Greenwich, will maximise development, fast track homes and deliver much needed infrastructure. Housing Zone status will remain until 2025.
London's first Housing Zones will be in the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Ealing, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Lewisham, Wandsworth. More across London are currently being considered with around 20 expected to be designated by later his year. Together they will provide over 50,000 new homes across London.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'As London's population continues to boom, already at its highest since records began and with more growth predicted, housing is a huge challenge. We need to double housebuilding and provide a million more homes by 2025. These innovative new Housing Zones, the first of their kind in the UK, will trigger regeneration and turbo boost the transformation of the capital's brownfield sites, creating tens of thousands of new homes for hard working Londoner in first class new neighbourhoods.'
In South East London:
Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead: This 13.42 hectare area lies between Abbey Wood Station – the terminus of Crossrail - and Southmere Lake. It is expected that the Zone create a new urban boulevard and create a new town centre within the heart of Thamesmead. It will also offer huge opportunities to deliver over 1,300 new homes and thousands of jobs through unlocking existing cleared sites and creating new local commercial space.
Councillor Teresa O'Neill, Leader, London Borough of Bexley, said: 'With housing zone status and the GLA's funding support we are looking forward to working to increase investment and unlock the delivery of new housing. We can support positive physical, social and economic change in the neighbourhood and help Thamesmead to really come of age.'
Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead: This site has been identified by the Royal Borough of Greenwich in partnership with Peabody Trust and is expected to provide 1,512 new homes and 3,024 jobs. The Housing Zone will also lead to improved public spaces, roads and footpaths in the area, delivering a high quality local environment to capitalise on the arrival of Crossrail to Abbey Wood in 2018.
Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: 'This announcement is great news and a major boost to on-going plans to transform this part of the Royal Borough with huge levels of inward investment including major transport infrastructure, new and improved public spaces, and thousands of new homes and jobs.
'Thamesmead, Abbey Wood and Plumstead are areas which offer exciting and extensive redevelopment potential. Housing Zone designation will unlock substantial grants and investment to provide 1500 much needed new homes, 45% of which will be affordable. Longer term we could see up to 14,000 new homes being built.
'There will also be more than 3000 construction jobs, and we're committed to ensuring that local people, including young apprentices, are best placed to achieve these employment opportunities.
'We are also greatly improving the environment with attractive and high quality new public spaces, park land, footpaths and cycleways. The level and scope of these exciting developments will truly transform the area for new and existing local communities.”