Housing regeneration strategy and plans

Some areas of Tower Hamlets are the most deprived in the country - and much of the council's housing lies within these areas.

We are using funding from central government regeneration initiatives to develop and improve some of the depleted housing stock. Regeneration initiatives include the single regeneration budget and the New Deal for communities (NDC) programmes.

Current housing regeneration projects include:

  • Crossways Estate: we are looking at ways of providing a long-term solution to fix the problem of 360 poorly designed and maintained homes, high levels of anti-social behaviour and a bleak local environment.
  • Ocean Estate in Stepney: we have been consulting on, and developing a master plan for work over the next eight years.

To find more information about our regeneration strategy for Tower Hamlets housing stock, please read about our housing investment programme.

The council is also required by law to review housing conditions in the private sector. Any properties which are identified as being unfit for habitation, abandoned or generally considered to have outlived their useful life will be dealt with by either:

  • Use of grants and loans as set out in our private sector renewal strategy to renew and improve private sector housing standards
  • declaring a clearance area if the unfit properties are grouped together, and seeking appropriate approval to demolish them (Tower Hamlets has not had a clearance area in over ten years)

Is your home affected by the council’s regeneration works?

If the council has informed you it is decanting (emptying) your block to commence building works you may be entitled to assistance:

  • for information for leaseholders affected by the council’s regeneration works to housing blocks and estates, call Tower Hamlets Homes on 020 7364 0732