The Mayor of London is to launch a new opportunity area in Harrow & Wealdstone, and at Old Oak.
The “Further Alterations to the London Plan” aims to update the London Plan in line with the Mayor’s 2020 Vision for the capital and address the key issues arising from a population boom that will see London become the first city in Europe to be home to ten million people by 2030.
The alterations include designating Harrow and Wealdstone as a new opportunity area, meaning the Mayor sees it as a main location for new development over the next 25 years with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other uses supported by existing or planned improvements to public transport.
It also makes reference to ensuring that Old Oak Common can reap the benefits of plans to build a ‘super hub’ HS2 and Crossrail station. Old Oak Common currently falls within the Park Royal opportunity area. The Further Alterations to the London Plan propose that it becomes an opportunity area in its own right in order to help transform the area into a thriving new district with up to 24,000 new homes and 50,000 jobs.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “London is the greatest place in the world in which to live, work and do business. As the capital continues to flourish over the next few years, we will need to create over half a million new jobs and a million more people will have to be housed. That’s why it is crucial that we plan strategically for the future, to ensure we have a cleaner, greener, safer city that abounds opportunity, talent and economic activity.”
Further Alterations to the London Plan also confirms figures set out in the Housing Strategy, launched by the Mayor last November, that London has the capacity to build 42,000 homes a year. The Mayor is exploring how this potential could be expanded through town centre and opportunity area intensification. This would also help to address London’s estimated need of 49,000 new homes a year.
The potential to construct 42,000 homes a year is an increase of 10,000 from the 2011 London Plan. It has been developed through negotiations between the Mayor of London’s Office and local councils that have identified a third more developable land than in the 2011 London Plan.
The Further Alterations to the London Plan are now open to a 12 week public consultation, to be followed by a public examination later this year, and are likely to be adopted by mid 2015.