A total of 3,500 new homes, a school and a park will transform a disused Parcelforce depot in east London, thanks to an agreement between the Mayor of London and Berkeley Homes.
The 10 hectare site in Stephenson Street, Newham will boast a new school and green space, as well as nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space. It will provide homes to buy and rent, including a significant proportion of shared ownership and purpose-built private rented homes. More than 1,200 of the 3,500 homes will be affordable. It is part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s wider push to strengthen institutional investment in the residential market in London, with City Hall initiatives aimed at boosting both shared ownership and purpose-built private rent.
The development of the former depot continues the Mayor’s drive to release all sites in the capital under his ownership for development.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said:
“This huge chunk of disused land will be put to the best possible use, creating a whole new neighbourhood including 3,500 much-needed new homes, a new school and a park. This ambitious development will help to further the continuing transformation of east London as part of our Olympic legacy.”
Chairman of the Berkeley Group Tony Pidgley CBE said:
“Stephenson Street will be a new village for London. It will have all the qualities that a successful community needs: shops, workspaces and a school, links between neighbours, a beautiful park where people can play and great transport connections. Above all, this site will create homes for people regardless of their age, background or income. It will be a place for everyone.”
The development of the Stephenson Street site is part of the Mayor’s pledge to release all City Hall-owned land for development by the end of his Mayoral term in 2016. Almost all these sites are now up for development and include the regeneration of four former hospital sites and industrial land at Greenwich Peninsula and Barking Riverside. Around 50,000 homes will be delivered on City Hall’s land interests.
Berkeley Homes was selected from a shortlist of four developers as the partner for the new site as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the Mayor to accelerate the delivery of housing in London.
A key part of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy is to encourage institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, to invest in housebuilding. This includes efforts to support extended leases and more stability for tenants as well as top quality, well designed, new developments. 132,000 properties have now signed up to his London Rental Standard, which sets out basic duties for landlords to ensure a higher-quality experience for the city’s tenants. These plans sit alongside efforts to boost home ownership for low and middle income households, with the Mayor exceeding his manifesto commitment by helping 52,000 Londoners into low-cost home ownership through his First Steps scheme with plans to help a quarter of a million Londoners over the next decade.