Mayor criticises Boleyn Ground plans

25 February 2015 in Housing and Mayor and Regeneration
The Mayor of Newham has criticised a proposed housing development application at the current site of West Ham United FC’s Boleyn Ground for not providing enough affordable housing.
The application, from Boleyn Phoenix Limited on behalf of Galliard Homes, includes plans to build 838 new residential homes, however only six per cent of these are expected to be affordable, this is far below the expectation Newham Council has stipulated to developers in the council’s core plan. 

Sir Robin Wales said: "This initial offer from Galliard Homes is insulting and totally unacceptable. Their plans lack any substantial affordable housing offer making this development financially out of reach to many of our residents. The developers need to drastically rethink this ridiculous offer and ensure it offers a good mixture of tenures including social, affordable and intermediate rents.

“I am immensely proud of Upton Park's diverse community and sporting legacy, its redevelopment must work for the whole community in this vibrant and unique part of London. It's not just about new homes though - I also want job opportunities for local people and community space that residents will be able to utilise. Newham residents must get the best deal out of any regeneration projects in the borough.

“It is also high time that the blame for the lack of social homes was laid at the Tory government's door. Not only are they selling off social homes on the cheap through the Right to Buy but they have in effect stopped subsidising the provision of new lower rent homes."