450 new homes for Stepney after vote of confidence from residents


Residents in Stepney have given their backing to the council’s plans to replace three council blocks with new and improved homes.

The council has been consulting with homeowners and tenants in Harriott, Apsley and Pattison Houses about the future of their estate. The proposed redevelopment will provide approximately 450 homes, of which 79 will be replacement homes for existing tenants and resident leaseholders.

A recent ballot saw 121 votes cast in favour of the proposals with just two votes against – a majority of 98 per cent. Votes were cast online, by telephone or by post, meaning residents could participate fully while observing all relevant social distancing guidelines.

Mayor John Biggs said: “I’m delighted that our plans have received such a strong endorsement. This result is the product of many months of engagement with residents and the wider community. 

“We share their excitement about the positive opportunities – including new housing and a new replacement for the mosque – that this redevelopment will offer.”

The proposed new homes will provide a much improved standard of accommodation for existing residents and their families. They will be well designed, built to the highest standards and energy efficient.

The new development will have secure, safe, green play areas and new trees with roadways designed to deter anti-social behaviour. The council has committed to rehousing existing residents in the new development if they wish to stay. A new mosque is also part of the plans.

Cllr 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, the 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.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “We will continue to work with residents as the regeneration plans go forward to the next stage. As a council we are leading the way in providing new public housing with modern community facilities.”

Posted on Thursday 23rd April 2020