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Building new homes for local residents

The housing crisis in Tower Hamlets

The London-wide housing crisis is acute in Tower Hamlets. There are more than 19,000 on the waiting list for housing but the council can only grant 1800 new tenancies a year at the moment.

Renting in the private sector is on a short-term basis and does not provide the longer-term security of social housing. Rents in the private sector are beyond the reach of families on low incomes, around three times as much as rents for similar council (or housing association) homes and often cannot be covered by the local Housing Benefit allowance.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said, “We face considerable challenges in delivering really affordable homes for local people. These include the very high cost of housing, a chronic shortage of stock and a growing population.

We welcome the significant regeneration taking place in the borough and the role this plays in transforming Tower Hamlets. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that for increasing numbers of people who grew up in the borough, the possibility of renting or buying a local home has been very difficult.”

What is the council doing?

The council is committed to tackling the lack of affordable homes for rent by working with our partners to provide 5,500 new affordable homes for local residents to rent in the borough over the 2014-18 period. As part of this, the council will provide 1,000 new homes through its own programme of house building.

 Last year, the council built 12 new homes in Bradwell Street. Local families have already moved into the 40 new homes on the Dame Colet House scheme. The 60 new homes built as part of the Poplar Baths development have now been fully let. When completed in February next year, Watts Grove will house 148 families in a mixture of flats and houses.

As part of the councils house building programme the Council is proposing the schemes below:

For further information, please contact Laura Duncan, Resident Liaison officer on 020 7364 5015 or council.newbuild@towerhamlets.gov.uk