An old East London estate will be bulldozed to make way for hundreds of new homes after plans were approved. Planning officers at Tower Hamlets Council gave approval for a new estate with over 400 homes to be built in Stepney. The scheme’s developers said the estate would be a boost for the local community which would benefit residents.
The newest addition to East London will see 412 homes built in a modern neighbourhood, which will also be fitted out with public squares, paths and parks. Spread over a number of flat blocks, the Clichy Estate will be entirely car-free and pedestrianised. Put forward by architects PRP on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council, the scheme is expected to cost over £80 million to build.
Five old buildings in the area – Harriott House, Apsley House, Pattison House and the Redcoat Community Centre – will be knocked down to make way for the estate. The architects said 170 of the new homes will be affordable for Tower Hamlets residents as the local council tries to build more affordable homes in the borough.
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According to the council, there were over 21,000 households on the waiting list for social housing in October as the borough struggles to house all of its residents. Tower Hamlets is one of the most densely-populated boroughs in London and its population continues to grow. PRP said the Clichy Estate would bring better housing and pedestrian areas to Stepney after the plans were approved.
Stephen Martin, associate director at PRP said: “We are thrilled to have obtained this planning permission on behalf of our client, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, as it is the latest stage in the journey we have taken with residents. We have, since the start of the ballot process, listened to and worked closely with the residents and stakeholders for over two years, so this approval represents their wishes for the regeneration of their new homes and community.
“The high quality of the design is testament to the continuous engagement with residents from start to finish.” Tower Hamlets Council project manager Winnie Osei added: “A significant amount of work was involved in securing the positive decision, ranging from the continued engagement with residents, and working closely with the design team, particularly PRP.
“This has culminated in a scheme to be proud of from the perspective of design, place making and building high quality homes. We are delighted about this great and positive outcome for the borough and its residents.”