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Green light for 1,000 new homes—despite building recession

PUBLISHED: 23:32 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

THE long-awaited major housing development for 1,000 new homes on an old hospital site to help tackle London’s chronic overcrowding has finally got strategic planning approval from Mayor Boris Johnson. Half the homes on the drawing board at the old St Andrew’s at Bromley-by-Bow, in London’s deprived East End, will be for social’ and affordable’ use at the complex little more than a mile from the 2012 Olympics Park

Mike Brooke

THE long-awaited major housing development for 1,000 new homes on an old hospital site to help tackle London’s chronic overcrowding has finally got strategic planning approval from Mayor Boris Johnson.

Half the homes on the drawing board at the old St Andrew’s Hospital at Bromley-by-Bow, in London’s deprived East End, will be for social’ and affordable’ use at the complex little more than a mile from the 2012 Olympics Park.

The scheme also includes shops, a £4.6 million health clinic and £1.7m educational facilities.

One-in-three of the new homes will be three bedrooms or larger, which are in short supply in London.

The shortage has led to a housing crisis with poor conditions on run-down council estates and chronic overcrowding, especially in the East End.

The scheme is going ahead despite severe recession in the construction industry which has put doubt on large projects in the capital.

“We cannot halt construction in London, despite the economic downturn,” said the Mayor. “We need to continue to spending, but wisely, and supporting these developments as continued investment will sustain jobs.

“We have to be ready to compete in the global market when the upturn arrives.”

City Hall is hoping the massive St Andrew’s development will bring benefits to the area including a£3.5m scheme to revamp the adjoining Bromley-by-Bow station on the London Underground as well as the health clinic and education provision.

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