New Bermondsey is one among a number of growing east and south east London locations that the Mayor of London has earmarked for fast-tracking regeneration.
Boris Johnson is investing £290million to engineer the development of 28,000 in nine selected zones across the capital. They include areas in the borough of Greenwich and Barking.
The special Housing Zone status, which lasts until 2025, will give boroughs the leverage to deliver homes on a large scale supported by infrastructure such as schools and transport.
The mayor said: “As London's population continues to boom, housing is a huge challenge. We need to double housebuilding and provide a million more homes by 2025. These new Housing Zones, the first of their kind in the UK, will trigger regeneration and turbo boost the transformation of the capital's brownfield sites.”
The 30 acre site of New Bermondsey – around Millwall's ground, The Den in Lewisham, will become a new neighbourhood with 2,400 homes and 2,000 new jobs. Alongside the housing will be a new Overground station with an accelerated programme to complete the project within eight years.
Lewisham deputy mayor and cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Alan Smith, said: “New Bermondsey is one of five key sites in the north of Lewisham that we are working to develop to bring much needed homes, improved transport, new jobs and great new facilities for our community. I'm delighted that Housing Zone designation will enable this work to start two years earlier than planned.”
Other zones include:
Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead: This site in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is expected to provide 1,500 new homes, (45% affordable) and 3,000 jobs to capitalise on the arrival of Crossrail to Abbey Wood in 2018.
Greenwich leader Denise Hyland said: “This announcement is great news and a major boost to on-going plans to transform this part of the borough with huge levels of inward investment including major transport infrastructure, new and improved public spaces, and thousands of new homes and jobs.”
Barking Town Centre: This 97 hectare Housing Zone will host over 2,000 new homes and 4,000 new jobs, alongside improved public spaces and new culture and leisure facilities.
Barking and Dagenham leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “Barking is just 15 minutes from Fenchurch Street. We are also opening a new leisure centre next month and progressing a cinema development.
"We are also developing our cultural offer at the Icehouse Quarter and with the Broadway Theatre working with the Barbican this summer Barking is being recognised as the new hub for the creative arts.”