Residents back Tower Hamlets estate regeneration
Residents have overwhelmingly backed Tower Hamlets’ plans to replace three council blocks with new and improved homes as part of the planned regeneration of Harriot, Apsley and Pattison Houses in Stepney. From the 132 residents eligible to vote, 123 took part in the ballot, 121 (98.4 per cent) voted ‘yes’, and only two (1.6 per cent) ‘no’ to the proposal for regeneration.
The proposed redevelopment will provide approximately 450 much needed new homes, of which 79 will be replacement homes for existing tenants and resident leaseholders. In line with the council’s local plan, as a minimum, thirty-five per cent of the additional homes are intended to be affordable and contribute to an overall target of fifty per cent of all new homes to be affordable.
PRP has been working with the council since July 2019 to draw up early masterplan ideas for how the estate could be redeveloped. Concept designs reveal a series of mid-rise blocks and landscaped spaces that include trees, planting, grassed areas and children’s play areas.
Having achieved an overwhelmingly positive ballot result, the next stage will be to engage more fully with residents to develop an outstanding design for the estate. A detailed planning application will be submitted in Spring 2021 with PRP acting as the lead architect.
The regeneration concerns Harriet, Apsley and Pattison Houses (HAP) and surrounding area. New homes built on the estate will be energy efficient, of high design quality and meet modern space standards. As part of the redevelopment, the council will be providing replacement community facilities alongside new and improved landscaping and lighting, to benefit local residents and the wider community.
The new development will be entirely ‘car free’, which is part of the council’s planning policy. Parking spaces will be available for adapted/wheelchair accessible homes only, enabling the creation of more green and open spaces. Secure cycle storage will be provided.
Stephen Martin, Associate Director at PRP comments: “The Clichy Estate regeneration will deliver more than well-designed and affordable homes, it will breathe new life into the area and provide essential community facilities and green spaces for the benefit of the residents and the wider community. We look forward to continue working with Tower Hamlets and the residents on the design and landscape architecture of this transformational housing project for the residents of Clichy Estate.”
Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This result marks the start of the next phase of this exciting project. In the coming months, PRP architects will be progressing their initial designs and we’ll be working with residents to make sure that the future estate is one they can be proud to call home.
“At a time when London is facing a housing crisis, I’m proud that as a council we are leading on providing the new homes that our communities so desperately need.”
London estate regeneration schemes involving the demolition of existing homes and provision of 150 or more units have been required to ballot residents in order to receive Greater London Authority (GLA) grant funding since July 2018. The ballot for the residents of HAP is the latest that PRP has been involved with recently which includes the Riverside’s Lambeth Estate and Camden Council’s West Kentish Town Estate.
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