Along with local councils, housing associations and developers, the Mayor and the Homes & Communites Agency are working to bring forward a number of publicly owned sites - including four former hospital sites - which are suited to housing development.
At yesterday's meeting of the HCA London Board, the latest release of land, 8.1 hectares on the Lymington Fields site in Dagenham was confirmed. The site was formerly home to a further education college until its demolition in the 1980’s.
Countryside Properties and Metropolitan Housing Trust are already delivering 193 mixed tenure homes on the site. Developers on the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel will now be invited to submit proposals for high-quality homes in a further phase of development.
The Localism Bill will transfer the functions of HCA London to the GLA from April 2012.
Since the beginning of this year, the London Board of the HCA has agreed developments on six other public land sites, including:
Trenchard House, Soho – Barratt London has been selected to transform the former Metropolitan Police building in Broadwick Street, with the intention of bringing 78 new homes to market, of which 65 will be affordable, subject to planning.
Blackwall Reach – The HCA and Tower Hamlets Council are working with Swan & Countryside Properties to deliver the regeneration of this 7.7 hectare site in East London, which, subject to planning, will feature more than 1,600 mixed-tenure homes, around 700 of which will be affordable and more than 250 of which will be family sized.
Heart of East Greenwich - Developers Hadley Mace will work with the HCA, Greenwich Council and NHS Greenwich, to transform the former Greenwich District Hospital site into a modern complex with 645 high-quality homes, almost a third of which will be family sized.
Cane Hill – Developers are now being invited to submit proposals for the regeneration of this 82 hectare former hospital site in Croydon. A developer selection process is underway and the scheme is expected to deliver around 650 eco-friendly, mixed tenure homes, subject to planning.
St Clements & Queen Elizabeth – These former hospital sites, both in Tower Hamlets, have capacity for up to 450 homes, subject to planning. Both are expected to have preferred development partners approved at the HCA’s London Board meeting in December.
Other key schemes where housing is being improved, developed or brought forward for development include: The Royal Docks, the North Circular in Enfield and St Andrew’s Hospital site in Bow.