On 10 March, Boris Johnson announced 11 new London Housing Zones, bringing the total to 31. In total, the new zones will deliver almost 25,000 homes, 8,500 of which will be Affordable Housing (an average of 35% across the 11 zones).
The zones will receive funding of between £25-55m to address barriers to development and enable higher levels of Affordable Housing.
The 11 new zones are:
- Barking Gateways (Barking & Dagenham)
- Bromley Town Centre (Bromley)
- Cambridge Road Estate (Kingston)
- Canada Water (Southwark)
- Catford Town Centre (Lewisham)
- Edmonton Heartlands (Enfield)
- Feltham (Hounslow)
- Hayes Town Centre (Hillingdon)
- North Tottenham (Haringey)
- Old Kent Road (Southwark)
- Romford (Havering)
Bromley, Hillingdon, Kingston and Southwark all gain their first Housing Zones – 23 of London’s boroughs are now home to a zone.
The announcement means that Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Haringey, Havering and Southwark each have two Housing Zones (although in Haringey, the new designation falls within the boundary of the previously-announced Tottenham Housing Zone). Brent also has two zones, both announced in previous rounds.
Housing Zones in Hayes and Romford will support growth around the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, while the zones in Kingston and Haringey are likely to benefit from Crossrail 2, due for completion around 2030. The Old Kent Road Housing Zone will benefit from the construction of the Bakerloo line extension announced by TfL in December 2015.
Future of London’s Housing Zones Network continues to provide support to public-sector, offering best practice, technical guidance and networking around Housing Zone-specific issues. Member organisations can send staff to seminars, workshops and site visits related to Housing Zones, and have access to online resources.
For more information on membership benefits, how to join the network, or to sign up for upcoming seminars on CPOs, viability and land issues, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.