This is a cri­sis

House builders must end their ob­ses­sion with cen­tral Lon­don. This city has 200 town cen­tres ripe for re­newal, says

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - The Growing City -

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

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