This is a crisis
House builders must end their obsession with central London. This city has 200 town centres ripe for renewal, says
its growing population and ease the housing shortage, towns must play their part. Growth has been driven by a massive population increase from a low of 6.1 million in the Eighties, to a new high of 8.3 million in 2015. The population has grown by more than 100,000 a year recently, but we still only build around 46,000 homes a year.
London is one of the world’s lowest-density global cities with only 55 people per hectare. This compares to 250-300 in parts of central Paris.
Croydon, Wembley, the Royal Docks, Old Oak Common, Edmonton, Thamesmead, Barking and Dagenham, Tottenham and Wood Green, and many other London centres, all have major schemes being designed, planned and incorporating a combination of uses at different densities on show in this exhibition. Huge transport improvements, for example, have unlocked growth in the two main towns outside central London — Croydon and Stratford. Partnership working between Croydon council, the Mayor, Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL) has improved the transport hub at East Croydon station with new developments resulting at the adjacent Ruskin Square, Cherry Orchard Road and Royal Mail sites to create a whole new urban area.
In Stratford, the London arrival point for European rail travel and subject of the most important regeneration initiative in London after the 2012 Olympic Games, a revitalised town centre is the objective with up to 40,000 new homes and 50,000 jobs within a new “international quarter”.
Other organisations are looking at outer London . TfL owns 5,700 acres across the city. It is busy with a massive development programme “to build homes and communities around the transport hubs where people want to live and work”. TfL has partnerships with 13 developers and its plans are to
Old Oak: The Collective co-living space. Old Oak Common is one of the centres featured at New London Architecture