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Old November 27th, 2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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Stephenson Street | West Ham | 113m, 107m, 85m, 51m | 34, 32, 26, 15 fl | Proposed


Parcelforce Depot Site
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Location: Former Parcelforce Depot, Stephenson Street, London E16 4SB

Developer: Berkeley Homes

Site area: 10 hectares

Homes: 3,500






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Old November 27th, 2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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Mayor appoints developer to build 3,500 new homes in east London
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A total of 3,500 new homes, a school and a park will transform a disused Parcelforce depot in east London, thanks to an agreement between the Mayor of London and Berkeley Homes.

The 10 hectare site in Stephenson Street, Newham will boast a new school and green space, as well as nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space. It will provide homes to buy and rent, including a significant proportion of shared ownership and purpose-built private rented homes. More than 1,200 of the 3,500 homes will be affordable. It is part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s wider push to strengthen institutional investment in the residential market in London, with City Hall initiatives aimed at boosting both shared ownership and purpose-built private rent.
The development of the former depot continues the Mayor’s drive to release all sites in the capital under his ownership for development.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “This huge chunk of disused land will be put to the best possible use, creating a whole new neighbourhood including 3,500 much-needed new homes, a new school and a park. This ambitious development will help to further the continuing transformation of east London as part of our Olympic legacy.”

Chairman of the Berkeley Group Tony Pidgley CBE said: “Stephenson Street will be a new village for London. It will have all the qualities that a successful community needs: shops, workspaces and a school, links between neighbours, a beautiful park where people can play and great transport connections. Above all, this site will create homes for people regardless of their age, background or income. It will be a place for everyone.”

The development of the Stephenson Street site is part of the Mayor’s pledge to release all City Hall-owned land for development by the end of his Mayoral term in 2016. Almost all these sites are now up for development and include the regeneration of four former hospital sites and industrial land at Greenwich Peninsula and Barking Riverside. Around 50,000 homes will be delivered on City Hall's land interests.

Berkeley Homes was selected from a shortlist of four developers as the partner for the new site as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the Mayor to accelerate the delivery of housing in London.

A key part of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy is to encourage institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, to invest in housebuilding. This includes efforts to support extended leases and more stability for tenants as well as top quality, well designed, new developments. 132,000 properties have now signed up to his London Rental Standard, which sets out basic duties for landlords to ensure a higher-quality experience for the city’s tenants. These plans sit alongside efforts to boost home ownership for low and middle income households, with the Mayor exceeding his manifesto commitment by helping 52,000 Londoners into low-cost home ownership through his First Steps scheme with plans to help a quarter of a million Londoners over the next decade.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #3
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Interesting. Would mark the first phase of the inevitable replacement of the industrial estate bounded by the River Lea and the railway line between Canning town and West Ham.

I'm reminded that this is of course part of the site that Ken Livinstone had earmarked for West ham's new stadium, back in the days when he, Coe and Tessa Jowell made the fatal decision to make the Olympic Stadium largely temporary.

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New era beckons for east end site
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15 March 2016
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Berkeley Homes and the Greater London Authority have joined forces to build 3,500 homes and a new community on the former Parcelforce depot in Newham. With over 1,100 private rental homes, this will become one of the largest new PRS developments in London.

Terms have now been agreed between Berkeley and the Greater London Authority on the 26-acre site at Stephenson Street. Berkeley aims to submit a planning application to Newham Council in autumn 2016, with a view to starting on site in spring 2017 and completing the first homes in early 2019.

The tenure of the 3,500 homes will be divided equally between affordable, private and build to rent. The mix of homes represents a deliberate strategy to create a community where people can live for the long-term. It allows residents to move between tenures and from rental products into home ownership on the same site.

At the heart of the masterplan, designed by Patel Taylor, will be the stunning Four Seasons park. A trellis of beautiful spaces and public realm will define the new neighbourhood, covering 4.5 acres of land. Sixty per cent of the whole development will be open space.

The development will also provide a secondary school for 1,000 pupils. Berkeley and the GLA are working with the Education Funding Agency to ensure the new school is open in September 2019. Meanwhile, direct access will be provided into West Ham station from the newly created piazza, as well as two pedestrian bridges, to connect the site to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Speaking at the announcement in MIPIM, Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of the Berkeley Group, said:

'This is an inspired design with a wonderful park which will create one of the best new communities in London. It's a place that will work for everybody, whatever your age or income. It has something for everyone.'

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, commented:

"I am delighted that Berkeley has come forward with such a bold and innovative scheme that will create a brand new East London community on what was previously a huge chunk of disused land. As well as being among the largest new private rental sector developments in the capital, this flagship development continues the transformation of east London as part of our Olympic legacy."

Councillor Ken Clark, Cabinet Member for Building Communities, Public Affairs, Regeneration and Planning at Newham Council, said:

"This proposal sounds like an ambitious and forward thinking development which could go some way to providing much needed housing and school places, as well as more green spaces for our residents to enjoy. I look forward to a high quality planning application, which addresses the needs of our borough, being brought to the council for consideration. "

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, was granted new powers over a substantial amount of land in 2012, much of which was disused and had lain dormant for decades. All 414 hectares of surplus land, including the Stephenson Street site has now been released and is either being developed, in the planning process or being marketed to deliver 50,000 new homes for 125,000 Londoners.
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Old March 16th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #5
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Always be concerned when Canning Town features euphoric sky's.
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Always be concerned when Canning Town features euphoric sky's.
Does Canning Town have a different sky to rest of London then?

It's a nice development but no way will there be that many people in reality. It's also a huge leap in scale for the surrounds, and whilst I expect it will happen as is there will be some local opposition.
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Old March 16th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #8
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Its a fantastic scheme for the area, which is very grubby and has a high amount of social housing. I cant see why anyone would object to this.

I note the old Mega Mosque site sits opposite it over the railway line. Now they've been totally shut out, I wonder when they're going to cash in their chips?

ps this is more in West Ham than it is Canning Town.
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Looks really good, the pavilion and linear park a nice touch to the monotony of residential. Pity there's not a better connection to the river and green space adjacent though.
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Unfortunately there's gas mains that run under the rail track bed so they can't plough a walkway connection underneath.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 02:33 AM   #11
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Berkeley got so much going on right now, this looks great, hope it actually does have that many towers when it's done.
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I'm a little worried about the road connections, just three: Manor Road, slip road from the A13 down to canning Town roundabout and the regulated Twelve Trees Crescent to the Blackwall Tunnel approach. Not good for such a large development but at least it's better than London City Island/Trinity Buoy Wharf.
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It's a shame when such big sites fall into the hands of one developer. It means it takes an age to be built as they stagger construction.
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Berkeley do have a good record thoe, many of the towers uc in London are Berkeley developments
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London Mayor and Berkeley Homes to build 3,500 homes on Newham Parcelforce depot site
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Berkeley Homes is pushing ahead with a scheme to turn a disused Parcelforce depot in east London into 3,500 homes – including one of London’s largest private rental schemes – after agreeing the terms of the deal with London mayor Boris Johnson.

Speaking at the annual MIPIM property conference in Cannes this afternoon, Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley announced it has agreed the terms with the Greater London Authority (GLA) on the 26-acre site at Stephenson Street in Newham.

The company aims to submit a planning application this autumn, with a view to starting on site in spring 2017 and completing the first homes in early 2019.

The scheme will comprise of 1,100 private rental homes, which Berkeley claims will make it one of the biggest private rental developments in the capital, as well as an equal number of affordable and private flats for sale.

It will also have a a park, a secondary school for 1,000 pupils and a new plaza connecting the scheme to West Ham station. Around 60 per cent of the whole development will be open space, Berkeley said.

“This is an inspired design with a wonderful park which will create one of the best new communities in London. It's a place that will work for everybody, whatever your age or income. It has something for everyone,” Pidgeley said.

A shortage of homes and falling affordability is driving a surge in demand for private rental property, with 60 per cent of Londoners expected to be living in rented accommodation by 2025, according to recent forecasts by PwC.
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This is how you solve a housing crisis, large scale builds, the light industrial area next to it, looks as though it could supply another 3,500 new apartments, if it was also developed.
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This is how you solve a housing crisis, large scale builds, the light industrial area next to it, looks as though it could supply another 3,500 new apartments, if it was also developed.
That and also making them affordable for the "normal" people. Yes i know that the price is a result of market working, but what i meant was that they ought to build something else and not only luxury schemes... Generaly speaking of course.
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This is how you solve a housing crisis, large scale builds, the light industrial area next to it, looks as though it could supply another 3,500 new apartments, if it was also developed.
All from one developer though ensures often glacial progress. 200 units a year on average as they stagger building.
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All from one developer though ensures often glacial progress. 200 units a year on average as they stagger building.
If are to ease London's housing crisis , the issue of affordability needs to be addressed. These developers have a commerical interest in keeping prices as high as possible , which is counterintuitive to the desperate need for additional housing provision. This further cements the need for proper government intervention in the housing market. Hopefully people remember this at the ballot box in May.
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Berkeley's Kidbrooke Village averages around 280 unit starts per year.
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