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Clichy Estate

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The council is looking closely at the future of the Clichy Estate to find ways to provide more safe and secure housing for its residents. This is part of our work to deliver 2,000 new homes by 2022.

We are considering a number of options and the input of residents is essential. In July, two drop-in sessions were held at Stepney City Farm to give those who live on the estate the opportunity to tell us what matters to them about their community. More than 80 residents attended. In the coming months, we will be keeping this webpage updated with details of future events and with news about the project. 

Why does the council need to build more homes?

Why Clichy?

What would an infill scheme mean for residents?

What would a regeneration scheme mean for residents?

How can I have my say?

Upcoming events

Key documents

Why does the council need to build more homes?

The average cost of renting a flat in Tower Hamlets is now more than the average household income. There are already more than 19,000 households on the housing register in need of an affordable home and over 2,000 households living in temporary accommodation. Although more new homes were built in Tower Hamlets in 2018 than anywhere else in the UK, the average price is now 22 times the average salary, so our residents often can’t afford to buy them.

In response, the council has committed to delivering 2,000 new council homes by 2022. These genuinely affordable homes will include properties big enough for families. One in ten will be wheelchair accessible.

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, including buildings no longer used as they once were.

But that isn’t enough. We also need to look closely at whether there is room for us to increase the number of homes on existing estates.

We can do this by finding ‘infill sites’ or gaps on estates where new buildings can go. We’re also looking carefully to see if we can redevelop existing estates to replace older buildings with ones that are modern, better designed and crucially, that provide more council homes for our residents.

Why Clichy?

We have looked closely at all the estates across the borough to identify where there is the best opportunity to increase the amount of council housing. We found that not only does the Clichy Estate have room to accommodate new homes, there will be space for a new mosque, community facilities and improved open spaces.

Before any work begins, you will be given a vote on whether the project should go ahead. Before we get to that stage, we’re looking at what the different options might look like. We would welcome your input to help us shape our plans.

Clichy Estate consultation area map

The area covered my the consultation into the future of the Clichy Estate

What would an infill scheme mean for residents?

'Infill' is the term that is used when most or all existing buildings on an estate stay as they are, with any new homes being built either in existing open spaces or in spaces that are being used for a different purpose (eg car parks).

We expect that an infill scheme on the Clichy Estate would result in the following:

  • Additional 95 new homes on site

  • All 58 existing parking bays on the estate will be removed to provide space for new homes and reprovide the green space built upon.

  • New wheelchair homes will be provided with parking space

  • Loss of a number of trees

  • Loss of open space & no significant improvement to those remaining

  • Phase 1 will allow for the reprovision of the mosque.

The images below show where additional homes could be built on the Clichy Estate as part of an infill scheme:

Plan of where housing would be built as part of a Clichy Estate infill scheme

Plan of where housing would be built as part of a Clichy Estate infill scheme

Plan of where housing would be built as part of a Clichy Estate infill scheme

The table below shows the number of new homes that we expect would be created as part of an infill scheme on the Clichy Estate:

 
 Block  1 bedroom  2 bedrooms

 3+ bedrooms

 Total
 J - -
 K - 3 -
 L - 7 - 7
 M - - 7
 Phase 1 20 21 34 75
 Overall 20 31 44 95 

 

The images below show some examples of what infill homes could look like:

Artist's impression of homes that could be built as part of an infill scheme on the Clichy Estate

 

Artist's impression of homes that could be built as part of an infill scheme on the Clichy Estate

What would a regeneration scheme mean for residents?

Unlike an infill scheme, a regeneration scheme would involve replacing existing buildings with new ones. 

We expect that a regeneration scheme on the Clichy Estate would result in the following:

  • Significantly increase number of genuinely affordable homes in the local area
  • Create a new truly mixed sustainable community
  • Design of masterplan and new homes will follow principles of 'Secured by Design'
  • New homes will be of the highest design standards offering high quality accommodation
  • Homes will provide high acoustic performance to avoid noise nuisance
  • Larger units of 3 bedroom or greater will include a separate kitchen and living space
  • Separate kitchens will be provided wherever possible in 2 bedroom units.

 

The image below show where the new homes could be built on the Clichy Estate as part of a regeneration scheme:

Map showing where new homes would be built on the Clichy Estate as part of a regeneration scheme

 

The table below shows the number of new homes that we expect would be created as part of a regeneration scheme on the Clichy Estate:

Block 1 bedroom  2 bedrooms 3+ bedrooms Total
A 12 24 12 48
B - 10 13 23
C - - 24 24
D 5 11 12 28
E 14 28 31 73
F 26 35 9 70
G - 30 32 62
H 36 39 44 124
Overall 93 177 177 447

 

The images below show some examples of previous projects delivered by the architects involved in the Clichy Estate plans. They should be seen as examples, not firm designs:

Images showing previous homes built by the architects involved in the Clichy Estate project. For illustrative purposes only.

 

The images below give an initial idea of what a regeneration scheme might look like for the Clichy Estate:

Sketch showing an initial view of what a regeneration scheme on the Clichy Estate might look like

Sketch showing an initial view of what a regeneration scheme on the Clichy Estate might look like

 

A regeneration scheme on the Clichy Estate would be delivered with the following commitments in mind:

  • Streets and new routes to be lined with suitably sized trees
  • 14 disabled spaces (increasing to 44 in future, where required)
  • High quality of design and materials in public realm areas
  • Clear strategy to provide defensible spaces and privacy to ground floor homes
  • Network of private green spaces for residents
  • Rich and vibrant planting and biodiversity scheme
  • Mix of social spaces with a focus for community engagement across generations

Tower Hamlet’s car free planning policy greatly increases possibility for green spaces throughout the regeneration. For residents who currently rent an existing bay on the estate - the council will seek, where possible, to offer an alternative bay from its nearby parking stock.

 

A regeneration scheme could be laid out in two ways:

Option 1 - Green streets

A plan showing how the Clichy Estate could be laid out as part of a regeneration scheme - this plan prioritises greenery and trees

Option 2 - Streets with parking

A plan showing how the Clichy Estate could be laid out as part of a regeneration scheme - this option prioritises the availability of parking

The numbers in the above images refer to the following:

1 - Play facilities

2 - Social spaces

3 - Growing areas

4 - Green streets

5 - Trees

6 - Block paving

7 - Planting

8 - Disabled parking

How can I have my say?

You can contact the project team at any time to ask questions or to offer your views by emailing ClichyEstate@towerhamlets.gov.uk

We've also planned a series of events that are your opportunity to have your say and to receive information from the project team. We’ve tried to organise them on different days and at different times to make sure as many residents as possible can attend.

The sessions are run on a drop in basis so please feel free to arrive at any time.

Translators will be available at every event. If you or someone you know has special requirements that you need us to be aware of ahead of a session, please let us know. 

Upcoming events

Thursday 5 December

2pm to 7pm

Exmouth Community Hub

39 Cornwood Drive

Stepney

E1 0PW

All residents welcome

This session will look at the revised design/preferred option. 

Saturday 7 December

10am to 1pm

Exmouth Community Hub

39 Cornwood Drive

Stepney

E1 0PW

All residents welcome

This session will look at the revised design/preferred option.

 

Key documents

We want you to be able to refer to key documents in your own time. Wherever possible, we will upload copies to this website to allow you to download them. 

Consultation boards used at previous events

28 August 2019

26 September 2019

2/7 November 2019

Letters to residents

Letter sent on 20 June 2019

Newsletters

August 2019 - 01

October 2019 - 02 (Update soon)