More progress on council house targets as Mayor Biggs inspects the site of 53 new council homes and a new community centre

Barnsley St-7

Mayor John Biggs inspected the site of a new development that will deliver 53 new council homes and a new purpose built community facility today (12 June).

The 53 new Council homes will form part of a development on Barnsley Street in Bethnal Green, which is part of the Collingwood estate.

Work has commenced on a new community centre, situated on a site that formally housed some garages as the first part of the development. 

The Community meeting space will be the first part of the development  to complete and will provide meeting space, kitchen facilities and  multi-purpose rooms for existing and new tenants to use .

The 53 new dwellings will be completed by summer 2021.

Mayor John Biggs said: “Mayor John Biggs said: “I was delighted to visit the site on Barnsley Street where we will be providing new council homes and a new community centre. As Mayor I have made housing a key priority, and this scheme will provide housing at social rents for people on our housing waiting list”.

Gurjeet Bahra Partner Alan Camp architects said : “This is an exciting moment for our company and were delighted to work with the council in bringing much needed  new council homes on stream.”

The new council houses accommodate a variety of properties including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings and facilities for wheel chair accessible housing –something that is in very short supply, allowing families with different needs to stay in the Borough where rents can be challenging and in many cases unaffordable, especially for larger families.

Of the 53 new council homes, 50% will be let at social rent and 50% will be let at TH Living Rents, in line with the adopted policy following the outcomes of the Mayor’s Affordability Commission.

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor for Housing said: “Tower Hamlets Council is creating vibrant neighbourhoods our residents can enjoy, with more much needed community facilities and modern, energy efficient new homes.”

Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor FOR Regeneration and Air Quality said: “Tower Hamlets has a population of more than 300,000 and is the fastest growing –area in the country.  New council housing is an important part of this growth and today we made another step towards delivering the Mayor’s target of providing 1,000 council homes.”

Also at the event was Charlie Carter, a trainee working at the council   who joined the Council in October 2017 as part of the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).

The NGDP is a two-year graduate programme run by the Local Government Association in close partnership with local authorities across the Country.

Charlie was offered the opportunity to undertake my 2 year traineeship with the LBTH.

Currently working in the Housing Regeneration Team, he is working on the Mayor’s new homes project and has worked on various new developments including on site identification, preparation, consultation and implementation.

Charlie said: “As a resident of the Borough and keen observer of new housing developments in the city, my decision to accept the offer from the LBTH was straightforward. Over the course of the traineeship I will complete four placements across the Council, gaining an important insight into the many sides of the Authority’s work”.

The progress on new council homes comes after it was revealed that last year 1,070 affordable homes were built in Tower Hamlets, more than anywhere else in the country.

Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2018