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London mayor launches development panel to accelerate public-land projects

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a new development panel to accelerate house-building on public land, with sites such as Enfield’s Meridian One and St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey first in line

City Hall’s London Development Panel (LDP2), which replaces a previous panel that disbanded in 2017, is made up of a group of 29 developers, housing associations and contractors (listed below), and will run for four years.

London’s public assets have a ‘role to play’ in addressing the capital’s housing crisis, says the Mayor’s Office, which estimates that over its lifespan the LDP could procure up to £20 billion of development.

Public bodies submit sites to the panel with developers then selected via a ‘mini competition’ process, with all members invited to bid.

Developers are then shortlisted through a questionnaire before being invited to prepare a detailed tender for the site.

The north London borough of Enfield is planning to use the LDP to develop its Meridian One scheme (pictured below), being masterplanned by Karakusevic Carson Architects, after it recently took a ‘watershed’ decision not to use a single master developer.

Council leader Nesil Caliskan said last month that the role being adopted by the council for the 10,000-home project was ’genuinely new for a local authority’, adding: ‘We will be in control and we will be the custodians of the place Meridian Water will become.’ 

Another site expected to be put through the LDP is the GLA-owned St Ann’s Hospital site in Haringey, which is to be developed with at least 50 per cent ‘genuinely’ affordable housing.

City Hall purchased the site from the NHS in May, in what was a huge boost for the St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART) which has led a long campaign for affordable housing to be built on site.

A crowd-funded masterplan was drawn up for the site by 6a Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects (pictured above).

According to City Hall, Transport for London is also planning to use the LDP for three car park sites in Harrow to deliver 100 per cent affordable housing.

Matthew Weiner, chief executive of developer U+I, said it was ‘proud’ to be on the panel, and that developing underused public-sector land was key to delivering new homes.

‘We have long been advocates of public-private partnerships as a means of releasing sites for development whilst ensuring that assets are retained in public ownership,’ he added. ‘We look forward to bringing this knowledge and expertise to the panel in order to support the mayor of London in his aims for housing delivery.’

Deputy mayor for housing James Murray said: ‘Public land has a vital role to play in tackling the housing crisis, and the new London Development Panel offers public landowners a quicker and more efficient way to bring their sites forward. We want to see it playing an important role in building the homes Londoners so desperately need.’

The LPD members were selected through a two-stage competitive procedure in line with Public Procurement Regulations. 

A Mayor’s Office spokesperson said a ‘variety of development models’ could be accommodated through the LPD and that further a panel handbook would be published on the LDP webpage next week.

LDP site: Karakusevic Carson's masterplan of Meridian Water in Enfield

LDP site: Karakusevic Carson’s masterplan of Meridian Water in Enfield

LDP site: Karakusevic Carson’s masterplan of Meridian Water in Enfield

Panel in full

  • A2 Dominion
  • Be Living
  • Bellway
  • Berkeley Group
  • Barratt
  • Catalyst
  • Countryside
  • Durkan
  • Engie Consortium (Engie, HUB and Delancey)
  • Galliford Try
  • Hadley Property Group
  • Higgins
  • Hill
  • Hyde
  • Lendlease
  • London and Quadrant Housing Trust
  • Morgan Sindall Consortium (Morgan Sindall, Muse and Lovell)
  • Native Land
  • Notting Hill Genesis
  • Optivo
  • Peabody
  • Pinnacle Group
  • Prospect House Consortium (Stanhope, Network Homes and Laing O’Rourke)
  • Quintain
  • Redrow
  • Swan Igloo Consortium (Swan Housing Association and Igloo)
  • Telford Homes
  • U+I
  • United Living
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Readers' comments (3)

  • Ella- your headline assumes that all who read the AJ are in London. Some of us live elsewhere.........

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  • Hi Robert. Fair point. Now amended.

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  • Thanks! It is an issue with architecture in general which is very London-centric despite 50% of all architects in England not being in Greater London.

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