Mayor announces major riverside regeneration scheme

Thu 12th February 2015, 3:55 pm

On the same day Sitematch London took place at The Shard, mayor of London Boris Johnson announced plans for a large-scale regeneration scheme along the River Thames, which is predicted to create 26,500 homes and 16,000 jobs.

The draft London Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework sets out proposals for the regeneration of a 12km area stretching across Havering, Barking and Dagenham and a small part of Newham – from the Royal Docks to Rainham Marshes.

It also presents the mayor’s vision and priorities for the area over the next 20 years, describing how the area will become a successful part of London.

A key area explored was how to deliver the need for transport infrastructure in the area, including the potential extension of the Gospel Oak Overground line, a new railway station at Beam Park, improvements to the A13 and new river crossings.

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 Thames-side setting.”

The document is currently under consultation until 20 March 2015.


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