London Mayor unveils plans for four residential zones with 12,000 homes

28 June 2015 (Last Updated June 28th, 2015 18:30)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to develop four more housing zones across the capital to boost housing capacity.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to develop four more housing zones across the capital to boost housing capacity.

The new zones will be in the boroughs of Havering, Enfield, Redbridge, and Tower Hamlets offering more than 12,000 new homes, with nearly 3,500 being designated as 'affordable'.

Homes will be developed by the Greater London Authority in collaboration with the government and local boroughs, to speed-up the approval processes and consequent development work.

The housing zone scheme also includes a proposal for constructing two brand new railway stations, a large park, new primary schools, and several retail and entertainment precincts.

"Housing Zones will provide the swift delivery of new homes for Londoners that is so desperately needed."

Developments are expected to revitalise the currently disused brownfield sites by modifying them into pleasant neighbourhoods for working, living and visiting.

Mayor Johnson said: "Housing Zones will provide the swift delivery of new homes for Londoners that is so desperately needed and create entirely new, highly connected urban districts for generations to come.

"By freeing-up empty brownfield sites from lengthy approval processes and providing a funding boost, we can ensure new housing capacity is created in areas where it might never otherwise have happened."

The four new zones will be named Rainham and Beam Park Housing Zone in Havering, the Meridian Water Housing Zone in Enfield, the Ilford Town Centre Housing Zone in the borough of Redbridge, and the Poplar Riverside Housing Zone in Tower Hamlets.

Up until now, the mayor has granted £162m of funding for the new housing zones across the city.

This scheme is part of the long-term plan to build nearly half a million homes over the next ten years. Up to 20 housing zones are being planned for London with the aim of delivering 50,000 new homes.