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Work up for grabs on 14,000 brownfield homes for South East

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Developer Berkeley Group and power supplier National Grid have unveiled proposals to build more than 14,000 new homes on brownfield sites across London and the South East over the next 15 years

Berkeley said architects had yet to be appointed for any of the earmarked 20-plus sites, with the exception of Battersea Gas Works – adjacent to Battersea Power Station, which has been handed to Squire & Partners.

The homes will be delivered on decommissioned National Grid sites by a new 50:50 joint venture partnership to be named St William Homes that will be backed with funding of £700m.

Berkeley and National Grid said the first phase of the project would look to develop in excess of 7,000 new homes on 33hectares of land at sites including Battersea, Rickmansworth, Hornsey, Poplar, and Beckton.

Berkeley Group managing director Rob Perrins said National Grid had a ‘strong pipline of land and assets’ and that the deal would take industrial sites and turn them into new communities.

Sir Edward Lister, London’s deputy mayor for planning said the sites were ‘ripe for regeneration’ and that the joint venture would stimulate development and create new jobs.

‘London’s population is set to rise by 37% to more than 11 million people by 2050 and innovative approaches to housebuilding such as this well help to unlock vast swathes of land and deliver thousands of much-needed new homes,’ he said.

The architect’s view

Murray Levinson, Partner, Squire and Partners:

‘We are delighted to be involved in this exciting new project in Battersea which is unlocking the potential of a brownfield site.

‘Plans for this unique location, the gateway into the VNEB Opportunity Area and adjacent to Battersea Park, include the delivery of over 800 new private and affordable homes as well as the creation of a new public square, an educational arts campus, retail, a nursery and a cafe. 

‘The plans also include opportunities to improve pedestrian routes through the viaducts from the site to Queenstown Road and proposes to improve the pedestrian journey along Prince of Wales Drive by widening the footpaths, which will be important  to improve access to Battersea Park Station and the interchange with the new Underground station at Battersea Power Station.

‘We look forward to reconnecting this part of Battersea back into the community after over 150 years of industrial use, drawing inspiration from the heritage of the area, and working with the stakeholders to create a vibrant neighbourhood for residents and visitors and much-needed new homes for London.’

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