Mayor accelerates the release of land to deliver 3,500 new homes in London and Soho
By SohoLisa | Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 13:16
London Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced plans to speed up the release of public land in order to deliver around 3,500 new homes for the people of London across the capital.
New, affordable housing in the pipeline for Soho, Trenchard House, Broadwick Street, Soho © Jamie Barras Flickr photostream
Johnson is presently releasing plots owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in order to accelerate the building of homes and is currently on track to turn around a record 50,000, affordable homes by the spring of 2012.
So far, four sites which were once hospitals have been earmarked as being highly suitable for potential development and it is hoped that it will kick start further regeneration schemes in the city.
In 2012, The Localism Bill will transfer the functions of HCA in London to the Greater London Authority. Until then, the HCA will continue to release public land.
Since the beginning of 2011, the London Board of the HCA has agreed developments on six public land sites.
The release of Trenchard House in Soho has allowed Barratt London to develop the former Metropolitan Police building in Broadwick Street. Barratt intend to build 78 new homes, of which 65 will be affordable, subject to planning permission.
So new, affordable housing in Soho may no longer just be a myth in the future!