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FIVE new family homes, two of which are fully adapted, have been built in Stepney Green and are ready for families to move in.

The 3-bedroom properties in Sidney Street are the latest development to be built by Tower Hamlets Council as part of our pledge to deliver 2,000 new social homes.

The two adapted homes are part of the Council’s flagship Project 120 initiative, which brings together occupational health specialists, architects, and the Council’s housing team to design social homes that meet the specific needs of residents living with disabilities.

Each adapted home has an internal lift, a wet room on the first floor and hoists fitted in the bedroom to allow a person living with disabilities to fully utilise their homes.

The Project 120 team identified two families for the homes and adaptations tailored to them were included in the design and build to meet their specific needs. Project 120 has housed 179 households in the past five years.

The properties will be managed by Tower Hamlets Homes. The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs met with their officers last week to tour the completed homes.

Mayor John Biggs said:

“At just eight square miles, space to build in Tower Hamlets is in short supply. We’re making the most of land that we already own and identifying ‘infill’ sites on existing estates, like these new homes in Sidney Street.

“These are modern homes with excellent features that mean families can live more comfortably. Having a garden is a major bonus in our built-up borough. And the adapted features, like the lifts and wet rooms, mean that people living with a disability can fully enjoy their home and have a better quality of life.”

Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“I am proud of our achievements through Project 120. This initiative has housed 179 families in modern, comfortable new homes and made a huge difference to their quality of life. Housing is a priority for the Council, and we will continue to play our part in tackling the crisis by building new homes that meet the needs of our residents.”

As part of the development the main access roads on the estate and car parking areas have been improved providing clearer and safer footpaths for residents.

Ann Otesanya, Director of Neighbourhood Services at Tower Hamlets Homes said:

"We're looking forward to offering five families a new home that meets their needs. The Sidney Street development is an example of how, by working with partners, the Council has been able to build five new homes, two of which are fully adapted, that will help to make life a little bit easier for the families who will live there. I am proud to be part of the team responsible for creating great and inclusive places to live in Tower Hamlets." 

Tower Hamlets Council has 1,235 new council homes in delivery, including new properties it is building, buy-backs and purchases from developers. The Council has identified opportunities for a further 811 homes to enable it to more than reach its ambitious target of 2,000 new social homes.

Posted on Tuesday 22nd March 2022