Newham set for 1,000 extra affordable homes

PUBLISHED: 11:14 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 15 January 2018

Artist's impression of the Stephenson Street development. The £40m affordable housing deal will depend on it getting planning permission Picture: Berkeley Homes

Artist's impression of the Stephenson Street development. The £40m affordable housing deal will depend on it getting planning permission Picture: Berkeley Homes

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Newham could see more than 1,000 new affordable homes built following the agreement of a deal in principle between Sir Robin Wales and Sadiq Khan.

The two mayors have agreed a memorandum of understanding that an affordable housing grant of £40 million will be given to the borough.

The deal centres around the proposed development of the vacant Parcelforce depot site in Stephenson Street, Canning Town, which could see 3,800 properties built by developers Berkeley Homes across a 10 year period as well as a secondary school - which will become the permanent home of the East London Science School - and a community centre.

The site is owned by the mayor of London, and under a legally binding procurement process by Mr Khan’s predecessor Boris Johnson, Berkeley Homes are required to provide only 35 per cent affordable housing in the proposed development.

Mr Khan, however, has a strategic commitment to deliver 50 per cent affordable housing on public land.

Affordable homes are those available at up to 80 per cent of the market rate. Social housing, on the other hand, is that at around 50 per cent of market rate.

The deal negotiated between the two mayors would see Newham given an affordable housing grant equivalent to the value of 15 per cent of affordable housing on the Stephenson Street scheme - equating to around 1,020 affordable homes.

These could be built anywhere across the borough by 2021, although the deal does depend on the Stephenson Street development gaining planning consent. It is set to go before councillors within the next few months.

Sir Robin said: “I am delighted to have worked on a deal with Sadiq Khan that is set to see Newham receive a £40m housing grant that would greatly benefit the people of Newham by offering them access to more affordable housing.

“It would help us achieve our target of thousands of new homes and the mayor of London’s target of 90,000 new affordable homes by 2021.”

He added: “Newham Council is doing all it can to increase the number of affordable homes in the borough.”

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