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26,500 home riverside plans

Words: Laura Edgar

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has published a blueprint of his plans to create new homes and jobs along the River Thames.

Stretching 12km from the Royal Docks to Rainham Marshes, the draft London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) lays out the planning, regeneration and design guidance required to create 26,500 homes and up to 16,000 jobs across the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering. Most of this land is already owned by the mayoralty.

Johnson has identified 38 Opportunity Areas across London, which, he explains, are the city’s major source of brownfield land, providing space for new housing and commercial buildings.

He will be working with London boroughs and partner agencies to ensure that he delivers “significant social and economic regeneration”.

The concept is now open for consultation, and the Mayor has outlined his strategic priorities and long-term vision for the next 20 years, including how the area will be a sustainable part of the south-east.

This, the plan explains, can only be achieved through improved transport connections, such as potentially extending the Gospel Oak London Overground line and building a new railway station at Beam Park.

Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning, said: “The capital is now home to a record number of people and we are working tirelessly to ensure we have the homes, jobs and transport infrastructure to support the city’s unprecedented growth. London Riverside can deliver genuinely affordable, high-quality housing for Londoners in a fantastic Thameside setting.”