London Community Land Trust has been chosen to deliver flagship community-led housing on two sites brought forward by Transport for London.
The Trust, who are the first urban community land trust formed as a result of campaigning by community organising group Citizens UK, has been confirmed as the successful bidder for building on sites at Cable Street (Tower Hamlets) and Christchurch Road (Lambeth). They will deliver around 70 new 100% affordable homes.
The sites were brought forward through the Mayor’s pilot of this ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ initiative, which he will now be extended with £3.8 million of funding next year, and further funding over the next four years as more successful bidders are announced.
TfL will continue to bring forward and advertise small sites on a rolling basis, with Boroughs and other public landholders encouraged to take part.
There was significant interest in the pilot, with 134 bids received from 80 organisations ranging from developers and community-led housing organisations to registered providers and architect-developers.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Tackling the housing crisis is complex and will take time, and we must use every tool at our disposal.
“Making small plots of public land available for housing development is a key part of addressing London’s housing shortage, and the fantastic response to the pilot of my ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ programme has shown that these small sites can be an important way to get new genuinely affordable homes built.
“Not only will this programme help to provide the new, genuinely affordable homes that Londoners so desperately need, but it will also reinvigorate our small and medium-sized homebuilders after years of over-reliance on large developers.”