City in the West
What is City in the West?
The City in the West plan promotes the development of the western part of Greater London as an integrated part of the Capital. City in the East is the companion plan for the eastern part.
We estimate that this region has the potential to provide at least 210,000 homes and 300,000 jobs as illustrated in the ‘City in the West Numbers map’ in the brochure.
Who is responsible for developing City in the West?
The City in the West project is a collaborative project, being developed in partnership by:
- local borough councils
- other public and private sector stakeholders
Together we are treating City in the West as a larger opportunity, instead of a collection of individual sites. In doing so, we anticipate its development will provide the fullest support to London as it continues to grow over the next few decades.
Where are the major development opportunities in City in the West
Most of the development capacity is within existing and new Opportunity Areas, and in particular those areas that will benefit from new transport infrastructure such as Crossrail 2. These include:
- Old Oak Park Royal
- White City
It also looks at intensifying development around increasingly accessible stations, such as in the Wimbledon Croydon brown belt whilst also looking at the potential for growth with proposed extensions/expansions to existing public transport.
What about the infrastructure to support new homes and jobs?
The GLA works with local authorities to undertake Development Infrastructure Funding Studies (DIFS) for Opportunity Areas within City in the West. Similar studies have been carried out for other OAs including Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, and White City.
The overall objective of the DIFS is to:
- Assess, identify and quantify the strategic infrastructure necessary to deliver the growth the OAPF envisages, including assessing the delivery and investment plans of landowners, agencies and infrastructure providers
- Provide an overall costing of the infrastructure requirements.
- Undertake a viability assessment of the proposed development and the level of affordable housing that can be viably delivered when taking into account infrastructure, S106 and CIL costs
- Recommend what alternative funding mechanisms may be available to bridge the funding gap after monies generated by S106 contributions and CIL have been taken into account
- Suggest how projects can be prioritised and where money would be most beneficially spent