Funding announced for tens of thousands of homes in London near transport links

Two major new housing communities are to be built in London alongside new railway stations, it has been announced.

The Government will provide £250 million so up to 13,000 new homes can be built close to the new HS2 railway station at Old Oak Common, near East Acton, London, which will become the UK’s best-connected station.

Alongside that, £320 million will be spent on a new Brent Cross West Thameslink station which will lead to a new community of 7,500 properties being built.

Secretary of State for Housing James Brokenshire said they the news developments are part of the Government’s drive to make the housing market work and deliver 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.

‘We are working to create homes, opportunities and thriving communities, especially in London which faces the most severe and unique housing pressures in the country,’ said Brokenshire.

He pointed out that the HS2 station at Old Oak Common will offer a new gateway to London, while a new station in Brent Cross can be the catalyst to build thousands more much needed homes.

‘Together, this £570 million package of investments will allow thousands of families the opportunity to realise their dreams of home ownership. It will provide up to 20,000 new homes, support new jobs and benefit from new transport infrastructure,’ he added.

HS2 Ltd has been set a target by Government to open the station by 2026. An estimated 250,000 people will be travelling through the Old Common site every day, becoming a new focal point for the area.

Brokenshire said that the funding will ensure the wider Old Oak community is ready not just to handle this increased traffic, but to thrive as a new landmark destination in the capital.

A further £320 million will be made available to Barnet Council to deliver at least 7,500 homes at Brent Cross Cricklewood. The money will be spent on a new Brent Cross West train station on the Thameslink route, which is essential for the homes to be built.

Alongside the new homes, there will be new offices and an extension to the Brent Cross shopping centre.