The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, with developers Mace, and Canadian residential and hospitality owner operators Realstar, has confirmed work is to begin on one of the largest long-term rental developments in the capital at Newington Butts in Elephant and Castle, a site owned by the Greater London Authority.
Over the last decade the number of households privately renting has increased to around two million Londoners, but the capital has few purpose built rented schemes in comparison to North America and Europe. Harnessing the benefits of long term institutional investment, work in Elephant and Castle is set to begin in January with 457 high quality new homes. This includes 278 homes for private rent with a fantastic range of amenities, due to be completed by 2018.
The Mayor has set a number of policies in his housing strategy to encourage institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, in the long-term rented market, to support longer term leases and more stability for tenants as well as top quality, well designed, new developments. The Newington Butts site, in London’s zone 1, was among 670 hectares of surplus public land taken on by the Mayor in 2012, more than 85 per cent of which has now been moved into the development pipeline. The new development will include 179 low cost homes for rent and shared ownership, being delivered by social housing provider Peabody.
Source: The Movechannel