Historically the Met has policed along local council boundaries, with each borough having its own allocation of officers, vehicles and dedicated borough commander. However, in response to budget cuts, it’s been trialling a new structure in which borough commands are abolished and resources pooled.
The ‘Small Sites, Small Builders’ scheme is part of the Mayor’s efforts to boost housebuilding in the capital, including the supply of “genuinely affordable” homes.
The brigade is currently overseen by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) which, while funded partially by the Mayor, is a legally separate body with its own members.
The Limmo Peninsula site in East London forms a key part of the Canning Town and Custom House regeneration area and is TfL’s single largest plot of vacant land.
The deal applies to new homes costing £350,000 or less and has been backed by major developers such as Berkeley Homes, Redrow and Taylor Wimpey, as well as some Housing Associations.