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What are your hopes for the year ahead?

11th December 2017

My hope is that mayoral aspiration is focused on implementing the London Plan; accelerating brownfield site use and moving towards delivery in opportunity areas.

We desperately need to bring many of our brownfield sites back into productive use and the potential for unlocking brownfield sites around Tube stations is particularly compelling. Thousands of new homes could be developed around just three tube stations, over a third of which could be affordable. There are incredible place making opportunities in greater London, new town centres, employment opportunities also well as new homes in sustainable locations to reinvest some of our post-industrial underutilised sites.

For example, in just one new town centre around the Old Kent Road, there’s an opportunity for 20,000 new homes, including new council homes. The revitalised high street will be supported with improved public transport, including an extension to the Bakerloo Line and two new underground stations. This will create jobs and support economic growth and kickstart the development of new social infrastructure such as schools, open space and public realm, health and other community facilities.

Ambitious regeneration of post-industrial site is the big opportunity I hope to see realised - with policy frameworks already in place the challenge now is to move into the delivery phase and get spades in the ground.

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