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EAST LONDON INSIGHTS
Q2 2019
TOWER HAMLETS
HACKNEY PLANNING SECURED
FOR MIXED-USE SCHEME
IN HACKNEY WICK
TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL OPPOSES
44-STOREY 1,500 HOME DOCKLANDS SCHEME
REDBRIDGE

Tower Hamlets Council has
refused planning permission for a
44-storey development with up
to 1,524 new homes, over twice
the number proposed under an
extant permission for the site.
Applicant Westferry Development
lodged an appeal with the Planning
Inspectorate in March this year against
the Borough’s failure to determine
its application for the mixed-use
development of the former Westferry
Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs,
within the statutory timescale.
The appeal will now be determined
by the Secretary of State. Permission
was granted by the former Mayor
of London, Boris Johnson, in 2016
for a redevelopment of the site with
a 118,738 Sq M mixed-use scheme
in four towers of up to 30 storeys
including 722 homes, shops, restaurants
cafés, drinking establishments, office
and financial and professional services
uses, community uses and a secondary
school.
However, Westferry Developments
submitted plans in July 2018 for a
revised 44-storey scheme which
included up to 1,524 new homes, a
proposal for the addition of a fifth
PLANS FOR BETHNAL
GREEN HOUSING
DEVELOPMENT REJECTED
Plans for a new 189-home housing scheme in
Bethnal Green have been rejected by Tower
Hamlets’ Council because of concerns about its
affordable housing quota.
The Council’s planning committee agreed that the development
fails to meet the affordable housing requirements and concerns
were also raised about the scheme’s design quality.
Designed by HTA Design, the Cambridge Heath Road scheme,
created for Telford Homes, features 40% affordable housing
measured by habitable room – or 65 units of varying sizes – on
the site of a former London Electricity Board office block. It
also includes 1,676 Sq M of flexible commercial space.
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tower and no plans for a secondary
school. Tower Hamlets Council
planning officers advised that the
mix of uses proposed in the revised
scheme accords with the site allocation
but said the scheme conflicts with
a development plan policy on the
location of tall buildings.
Planning officers also raised concerns
about the potential impact of adverse
wind conditions on the nearby
Docklands Sailing Centre (beyond
those mitigated under the 2016
planning permission) and the proposed
amount of affordable housing and
housing mix.
Although the proposals
contained enough
affordable housing
according to Tower
Hamlets’ Council’s
rules, the mix of tenure
was 46:54 in favour of
intermediate housing,
such as part buy, part
rent. This put the scheme
at odds with the Council’s
stipulated 70:30 split in
favour of rented homes.
Nottingham Hill Genesis Housing Association had planned to
provide the affordable housing element of the scheme.
A spokesperson for the Housing Association said,
“We are obviously disappointed that the delivery of badly needed
affordable homes in an area that desperately needs them will be
delayed. We will continue to work with our partner Telford Homes
and look forward to a positive outcome.”
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Planning permission has been granted by the LLDC for a residential
and office scheme in Fish Island, Hackney Wick, designed by RIBA (2017)
Stirling Prize-winning architects dRMM.
Created by housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, the scheme will see the existing industrial
buildings on the 53,819 Sq Ft site demolished to create 148 homes and 3,530 Sq M of
office space.
The project is next to the Fish Island Conservation Area and includes a triangular sevenstorey building in red brick on the site’s eastern edge and a two-storey base of creative
studio space. It also comprises townhouses and apartment buildings along Monier Road.
PLANS APPROVED FOR SEVEN-STOREY
BLOCK IN CLAPTON COMMON
Hackney Council has signed off
plans for the demolition of a pair
of derelict homes on the corner
of Spring Hill in Clapton Common
and the subsequent creation of a
seven-storey block of 16 flats –
none of which will be affordable.
The development will also feature a 316
Sq M Jewish study centre. The planning
application made it clear that this would
not be a school and would have an older
clientele.
Hackney Council’s planners agreed with
the financial viability assessment which
also highlighted that no affordable homes
could be included due to the cost of the
development.
However, an agreement was secured to
carry out a late stage review, once 75% of
the flats have been sold, to see if there are
surplus funds available to fund affordable
housing at the site, or elsewhere in
Hackney.
The Council also stated that the Stamford
Hill Area Action Plan acknowledges that
the large Jewish community in the area
will continue to grow and therefore more
community facilities are needed.
600 GENUINELY
AFFORDABLE
HOMES TO
BE BUILT IN
REDBRIDGE
In a move that will make it the
largest provider of new social
homes in the area, Redbridge
Council has announced plans to
build 600 genuinely affordable
homes for borough residents.
The house building programme will
account for a large part of the Council’s
overall aim of creating 1,000 affordable
homes in the borough. Overall, the
Council says it will invest more than
£100m in building new homes.
Commenting on the plan, Jackie
Odunoye, Operational Director for
housing said: “We appreciate the very
real challenge Redbridge families face
finding genuinely affordable housing. To
ensure the availability of safe, secure and
good quality accommodation for local
people caught in the housing crisis, we
are doing what we can by starting our
own construction programme to build
600 genuinely affordable homes in the
borough.”
“These properties will provide Redbridge
families with the opportunity to give their
children the very best start in life which
would otherwise be impacted by poor
quality accommodation.”

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