New photos reveal what a massive new estate in East London could look like after its masterplan was unveiled. The planned Carpenter’s Estate would bring over 2,000 homes to Stratford if plans get the green light. The vast majority of residents in the neighbourhood voted in favour of the plans.
The plans would see 2,300 homes built on a huge site right next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and West Ham United ’s London Stadium. Many of the old buildings on the site will have to be demolished to make way for several new modern flat blocks. Newham Council put forward the plans at a meeting on March 5.
The council said at least half the new homes would be affordable for Newham residents, to help tackle the issue of affordable housing in the borough. Newham has around 27,000 people on its housing waiting list and 4,500 families in temporary accommodation, as rent prices continue to rise. A number of attempts have been made to regenerate Carpenter’s Estate in the last 20 years and replace its outdated housing.
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The council said it had worked closely with Newham residents to come up with a plan. A ballot of locals on the estate saw 73 per cent of residents vote in favour of going ahead with the plans. If it gets final approval, the council’s scheme will see homes restored or replaced, add new shops and provide better access to transport links.
The new estate would be largely pedestrianised, with pathways and cycle lanes linking the buildings. The plans also include a number of small parks for residents to enjoy. A Newham Council cabinet meeting unanimously approved a motion to put the Carpenters Estate plan forward.
The plans will now be sent to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) – which organises development in and around the Olympic Park. Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Councillor Shabhan Mohammed welcomed the plan in their motion.
They said: “This report signifies another key milestone for the Carpenters Estate restoration and regeneration programme underway, following the decisive vote by residents living on the estate and those with the right to return to give the ‘green light’ to the landlord offer and masterplan ballot held in December 2021.
“The LLDC Local Planning Authority will commence with the process of seeking approval through its planning committee; and subject to the determination by the planning committee the long overdue restoration and regeneration of the Carpenters Estate can finally begin.”