Search

Chancellor pledges £291million to build homes around the Isle of Dogs and Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 November 2018

The redevelopment of Poplar DLR depot will include a new housing development and bridge links. Picture: Matthew Delaloye/Sam Gunner

The redevelopment of Poplar DLR depot will include a new housing development and bridge links. Picture: Matthew Delaloye/Sam Gunner

Matthew Delaloye+Sam Gunner

An expansion programme on the Docklands Light Railway is expected to bring 18,000 homes to east London.

In his Autumn Budget, chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £291 million to improve the DLR, which will in turn “unlock” 18,000 new homes.

The money will come from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), a £5bn government grant programme announced in 2016’s budget. Through the HIF, local authorities can bid for funding to build homes, with funding focused on areas of greatest housing demand.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) put in two bids for £550m of funding in September – one for a regeneration scheme in west London, and another for the Docklands Light Railway Accelerated Growth Programme.

The accelerated growth programme will see improvements to the DLR around the Isle of Dogs and Royal Docks, two of London’s “Opportunity Areas”. These are areas of brownfield land earmarked by the mayor of London as having the capacity for significant development.

The GLA bid for money from the HIF’s Forward Fund – money which is set aside solely for high-impact infrastructure schemes.

The DLR growth programme will see a redevelopment of the Poplar depot, to include a new housing development over the depot and new bridge links over the Aspen Way.

As well as the 18,000 homes, some funding will go towards Transport for London to increase the capacity of the Beckton depot, buy 14 new trains, and build a DLR station at Thames Wharf.

Lucinda Turner, director of spatial planning at TfL, said: “We welcome this funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for improvements to the Docklands Light Railway, which will help enable 18,000 new homes to come forward in two of London’s largest Opportunity Areas, as well as support access to jobs all across east London.

“We will work with partners to progress the wider plans for this funding, which include purchasing additional trains, freeing up land around depots for housing as well as a significant contribution towards a new station in Thameside West.”

The growth programme is expected to start in January and be completed by March 2023. The GLA will submit a further five cases for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund in December.

Latest Newham Stories

28 minutes ago

A bookseller from Newham has won an award for her work.

Twitter
Yesterday, 19:00

The University of East London (UEL) has rebuked claims that it has received a £1 million emergency loan from the Office for Students.

University of East London
Yesterday, 18:21

Police have found the body of a missing student with links to east London.

Yesterday, 17:00

Footballer Jermain Defoe, who grew up in Newham, has said he has “amazing” memories of his time with Bradley Lowery, the terminally ill boy he befriended.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 16:00

West Ham have topped the Premier League football hooligan charts for last season - with more supporters being arrested or handed football banning orders than any other top flight club.

Premier League
Yesterday, 15:00

A new book called Orient in the 70s has been released and will be available to Leyton Orient fans in the Supporters Club ahead of the match against Bromley this weekend.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 14:00

Pupils from schools across east London paid a visit to the Shrouds of the Somme memorial in the Olympic Park.

Chobham Academy
Yesterday, 11:45

Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable man who has been missing for more than a week.

London

PROMOTED CONTENT

Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now