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Deputy housing mayor in talks with government over housing zones extension

The Greater London Authority is in talks with the government over a possible extension to its housing zones initiative, the deputy mayor for housing has revealed.

Richard Blakeway said he was working with the government to see if the GLA could extend the initiative, which currently aims to create 20 new zones in the capital.

The news comes as another London scheme was given housing zone status, Construction News can reveal.

Enfield Council’s Meridian Water has passed all approval stages, with an official announcement expected from the GLA towards the end of June.

Meridian Water regeneration development includes 5,000 new homes, a rail station and a decentralised energy network (DEN), which will supply heat to all houses and businesses in the area.

It will bring the total number of zones named to date to 12.

The government made £400m of funding available for all 20 zones, which will be used to develop infrastructure within and around the zones as well as for new homes.

The zones include a mixture of schemes in various stages of planning.

Eleven zones have been named officially so far (see box), the most recent of which were in Waltham Forest and Wembley.

The Waltham Forest housing zone will enable the regeneration of the Blackhorse Lane and northern Olympic areas, creating two new ‘villages’ connected by the Lea Valley regional park.

It will receive £42m towards 2,477 new homes, including 596 affordable properties.

In Wembley there will be five phases of development along the east of Wembley High Road and towards the stadium.

The zone will receive £8m in funding and create at least 2,380 homes, including 894 affordable properties.

Half of the funding for the zones has come from the GLA, with the remainder from the Treasury and from the private sector. The funding is designed to be a recyclable investment, rather than a grant.

The Treasury has said it expects its full investment to be recovered.

The programme sits alongside a national housing zones project, run by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Housing zones unveiled to date:

  • Barking Town Centre in Barking & Dagenham
  • Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead in Bexley
  • Wembley in Brent
  • Southall in Ealing
  • Thamesmead in Greenwich
  • Tottenham Hale in Haringey
  • Heart of Harrow in Harrow
  • Hounslow Town Centre in Hounslow
  • New Bermondsey in Lewisham
  • Blackhorse Road in Waltham Forest
  • Clapham Junction & Battersea Riverside in Wandsworth

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