Regeneration in Tower Hamlets

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Tower Hamlets continues to experience massive change and growth. The population in the borough has doubled in the past thirty years, and it is predicted to rise by almost 100,000 by 2031.

The borough is becoming increasingly diverse, with over 127 languages spoken in its schools.

Job growth is also continuing at pace, with almost twice as many jobs in the borough as in 2000, and a further 44 per cent increase (125,000 jobs) is forecast by 2031.

Despite the opportunities that growth can bring, key challenges remain. While relative poverty has reduced, deprivation remains widespread, particularly in central and eastern parts. High income and health disparities are evidenced within the borough. Levels of social isolation and loneliness are also relatively high compared to the England-wide average.

The council is committed to ensuring growth in the borough:

  • makes Tower Hamlets a good place to live
  • is managed to contribute to existing social, economic, and environmental needs, and
  • any net gains are shared across the borough, benefitting the lives of existing residents.

The Mayor’s vision for Regeneration

The Mayor’s vision for Regeneration in Tower Hamlets is:

"A strategic approach to regeneration will ensure Tower Hamlets embraces its role as a key focus for London’s growth, making the best use of the economic benefits provided by a thriving enterprise sector and improving connections between the borough and surrounding areas.

The benefits of transformation will be shared throughout our borough, amongst all residents, ensuring no one is left behind and everyone has access to the economic opportunities derived through growth. We will support our existing communities as well as welcome new residents to make their home within liveable, mixed, stable and cohesive communities.

We will work hard to ensure our neighbourhoods are transformed with high quality buildings and well-designed spaces, while ensuring their distinct characters are protected and enhanced. They will contain a mix of housing types, served by a range of excellent facilities and infrastructure. They will be green, safe and accessible to all, promoting sustainable transport and making the best use of both our borough’s heritage and natural resources such as parks and waterways."

Approach and delivery

The council has established a Regeneration Team to deliver on the Mayor’s vision for regeneration in the borough.

Find out more about the approach the Regeneration Team will adopt and the delivery outcomes it will seek to achieve on the approach and delivery page.

Regeneration projects

Projects delivered by the Regeneration Team are organised within each of the four sub-areas as outlined in the council’s Local Plan.

  • City Fringe
  • Central Area
  • Isle of Dogs and South Poplar
  • Lower Lea Valley

Image showing the map of Tower Hamlets split into the four sub areas