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East London master plan unveiled

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson has published a new master plan designed to help transform East London and deliver more than 200,000 homes and up to 250,000 jobs.

This so-called ‘City in the East’ strategy details how major development should take place from London Bridge to the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich Peninsula, right through to Ilford in Essex and Dartford in Kent.

The master plan knits together some 13 major development areas already established in the capital, known as designated Opportunity Areas. These have been identified as London’s major source of brownfield land with significant capacity for new housing, commercial space and other development.

In 2004 the Mayor’s Office estimated East London had the capacity for 52,000 new homes. But detailed modelling, which includes totalling the activity anticipated in the Opportunity Areas, now reveals that a minimum of 203,500 homes and 283,300 jobs could be delivered over the next 20 years.

The ‘City in the East’ document also contains a series of maps which illustrate how the city is moving eastwards, covering much of the Thames Gateway, and could benefit from improvements to transport infrastructure such as Crossrail and HS1.

The plans show an Overground extension to Barking Riverside, which will enable the creation of 10,000 new homes and could be operational by 2020. The blueprint also includes longer term potential to place the A13 in a tunnel, deliver a new station and build new homes in the area. It also envisages how land across East London could be split up for commercial and industrial use and suggests where new schools, work space and hospitals could be located.

The Mayor’s Office has also just launched a planning framework for London Riverside, which includes major plans for the redevelopment of 86 acres of industrial land owned by the Greater London Authority along the Thames.

View the press release

Roger Milne