Need to know: Grainger partners with TfL to build 3,000 London homes

Transport for London chooses the residential landlord to partner in development of eight sites across the capital, with schemes ranging from 100 to 1,500 homes.

Limmo Peninsula was used for construction of the Elizabeth Line but will now be developed with homes (PIC Transport for London)
Limmo Peninsula was used for construction of the Elizabeth Line but will now be developed with homes (PIC Transport for London)

Transport for London (TfL) has chosen residential landlord Grainger as joint venture partner to develop eight sites across the capital with a total of more than 3,000 homes. The sites to be developed by the JV are close to TfL stations and are: Armourers Court, Woolwich (up to 400 homes), Arnos Grove Underground station (up to 100 homes), Cockfosters Underground station (up to 300 homes), Hounslow West Underground station (up to 350 homes), Limmo Peninsula, Canning Town (up to 1,500 homes), Montford Place, Kennington (up to 100 homes), Nine Elms Underground station (up to 400 homes), and Southall Sidings, Ealing (up to 400 homes).

Eight sites in London are being made available for development by smaller housebuilders under the London mayor’s small sites, small builders programme. The sites, which are being brought forward by Transport for London (TfL) will each deliver between one and 30 homes, and are located in the boroughs of Richmond, Ealing, Newham, Bexley, Hounslow, Lambeth and Waltham Forest. Together, they are expected to provide up to 90 homes. Ten other small TfL sites, located across seven boroughs, were launched in February last year as part of a pilot.

Regeneration of a key site in Wolverton, Milton Keynes, has taken a step forward with a deal that paves the way for demolition of a 1970s shopping and leisure centre. Love Wolverton, a partnership of developer TOWN and Swedish builder Trivselhus, has acquired the Agora Centre and aims to redevelop the site with a mixed use scheme, providing more than 100 homes, plus shops and services. Around half of the homes could be family properties, built using the Trivselhus timber building system.

Housebuilder Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a partnership deal with Homes England that is intended to deliver more than 850 homes across a series of sites. The national partnership is expected to deliver: 360 homes in Redcar, 330 homes in Sandymoor, Runcorn, Cheshire, including a 100 home extra-care development, 116 homes in Cannock, Staffordshire, and 60 homes in Blandford Forum, Dorset. First planning applications for the proposals are expected to be submitted this month.

Affordable housing provider L&Q is in talks to acquire Trafford Housing Trust, the housing association formed from Trafford Council’s transfer of its stock. L&Q sees the north west housing association as a gateway to the region and aims to develop 20,000 homes there over the next decade. The two already have a joint venture partnership, which has brought through 679 housing starts since April 2017.

Social landlord Clarion Housing Group has sealed a deal to acquire three sites in Kings Hill, Kent, which have planning permission for 166 homes. Clarion has bought the sites from Rouse Kent Residential, a joint venture of Kent County Council and investor developer Liberty Property Trust. Two thirds of the homes will be affordable.

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