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Mayor of London’s publicly-owned land map reveals Redbridge’s brownfield potential

PUBLISHED: 16:06 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 27 January 2016

Brownfield land owned by public bodies in Redbridge. Picture: Greater London Authority

Brownfield land owned by public bodies in Redbridge. Picture: Greater London Authority

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The borough has more than a thousand publicly-owned brownfield sites that could be freed up for housing development, according to the Mayor of London.

Publicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Redbridge Town Hall Car Park, Ilford. Picture: Google Street ViewPublicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Redbridge Town Hall Car Park, Ilford. Picture: Google Street View

The London Land Commission (LLC) figures identified 1,340 sites in Redbridge owned by bodies such as the NHS, Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor of London, the capital’s boroughs and other government departments in a new interactive map.

The Redbridge figure is higher than that of neighbouring boroughs Newham (482 sites), Barking and Dagenham (652) and Havering (1,049), with sites identified including everything from the Fullwell Avenue Allotments in Barkingside to the Redbridge Town Hall car park in Ilford.

Chris Nutt, of the Save Oakfield Site campaign, welcomed the figures from the first comprehensive register of public land in London.

He said it showed the potential the borough had to build on brownfield and protect greenbelt sites.

Publicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Ley Street depot in Ilford. Picture: Google Street ViewPublicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Ley Street depot in Ilford. Picture: Google Street View

“There are enough brownfield sites in Redbridge,” said Mr Nutt, who is campaigning to protect the Oakfield Playing Field site in Barkingside after it was named in Redbridge’s Local Plan as a potential site for development.

“It warrants a thorough examination. This map suggests that there’s a possibility of building thousands of homes here.”

Boris Johnson, who chairs the LCC, believes the 40,000 sites across the capital have the potential to deliver a minimum of 130,000 homes.

He said: “For far too long land owned by public bodies has lain dormant or sold off with no benefit to the capital. That simply must not be allowed to happen.”

Publicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Toilets in High Road, Seven Kings. Picture: Google Street ViewPublicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Toilets in High Road, Seven Kings. Picture: Google Street View

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said he planned to “max out” the use of the borough’s brownfield before thinking about greenfield sites. However, he admitted that brownfield alone may not be enough to meet the borough’s housing need.

There were 7,000 households on the housing waiting list last year.

“We have to analyse the whole picture,” he said. “The map may show potential but when you look at the targets we have, we still need to build thousands more homes.”

He added: “We will leave no stone unturned while looking at brownfield sites and we will utilise as much land as we can.”

Publicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Fairlop Waters Sailing Centre Lodge, Barkingside. Picture: Google Street ViewPublicly-owned land in Redbridge that could be freed up for development: Fairlop Waters Sailing Centre Lodge, Barkingside. Picture: Google Street View

To see the map visit maps.london.gov.uk/webmaps/LLC


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