Coming soon: Two major London housing communities
Following a few housing-related bits and pieces announced in yesterday’s Spring Statement, the government has today revealed some more housebuilding news.
According to communities secretary James Brokenshire, two major housing communities will be built in London alongside new railway stations.
The good old government has pledged £250 million to put towards the construction of up to 13,000 homes near the new HS2 railway station at Old Oak Common, East Acton.
And another £320m is to be spent on a new community of 7,500 properties next to Brent Cross West Thameslink station, MP Brokenshire reckons.
Talking of which, the communities secretary said: ‘We are working to create homes, opportunities and thriving communities, especially in London which faces the most severe and unique housing pressures in the country.
‘The HS2 station at Old Oak Common will offer a new gateway to London, while a new station in Brent Cross can be the catalyst to build thousands more much-needed homes.
‘Together, this £570m package of investments will allow thousands of families the opportunity to realise their dreams of home ownership. It will provide up to 20,000 new homes, support new jobs and benefit from new transport infrastructure.’
The government believes Old Oak Common’s new station will ‘transform the area into a vibrant community, supporting up to 65,000 jobs’. Beleaguered HS2 Ltd has been told to get the station open by 2026, which seems quite a challenge.