The Mayor of London has announced a further Housing Zone in Brent.
Eighteen out of a promised 20 Housing Zones across London have now been announced, bringing the total number of homes to be built to 50,965, says the Mayor of London, of which nearly one-third will be affordable to buy or rent. There will be two further zones confirmed by the late summer.
The Alperton Housing Zone in Brent, situated on the north side of the Grand Union canal, will see more than 3,213 homes built by 2025 thanks to a £17.9 million funding injection from the GLA. 880 affordable homes will be provided, with an estimated 6,426 construction jobs while the development is being built. The area is serviced by Alperton and Stonebridge Park Underground station, and walking links between the two stations and along the canalside will be improved as part of the development. The Housing Zone also borders the Old Oak and Park Royal site, which will be developed by the Mayor and is estimated to create around 24,000 jobs.
Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said: “This is fantastic news for Brent and our key growth areas of Alperton and Wembley. We all know that the demand for new homes outstrips the supply, so as a council we are doing everything we can to get more homes built in Brent and tackle the housing crisis. This funding will help us achieve this aim.”
Housing Zones are a collaborative effort between the Greater London Authority, the government and local boroughs to streamline approval processes and speed up development in target areas where it has previously been held back, unlocking valuable brownfield land to meet London’s growing need for housing.
The Mayor will invest nearly £44 million in three new Housing Zones in vastly different areas of London which will together provide nearly 6,600 new homes as well as improved transport links, more than 13,000 construction jobs and new retail precincts, transforming these areas into new urban districts for generations of Londoners.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We have worked very hard to reach our goal of 50,000 homes, and we’ve done it with two more Housing Zones to go. This scheme has proven extremely popular with boroughs, who have clearly been looking for just that extra bit of assistance in revving up their housebuilding to answer clear demand from Londoners. I could not be more pleased at the progress of this innovative scheme and the real outcomes it has delivered for our city.”