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Community concern over new housing development

Community concern over new housing development

Proposals for the construction of a 56-metre tower on Bethnal Green Road has been criticised by a community group which claims it fails to meet the mixed housing needs of the Tower Hamlets population. “Stop the Bulk,” a campaign initiated by the Jago Action Group, a community organisation of residents…

Hackney makes a rapid recovery after St Jude storm

Hackney makes a rapid recovery after St Jude storm

A 60ft tree fell on a block of flats in Stamford Hill during St Jude storm yesterday morning, leaving families homeless for several hours. The tree smashed onto Laindon House in the Stamford Hill Estate, breaking the top floor window, knocking off the chimney and heavily damaging the roof. Ground…

Vittoria Wharf residents protest at studio demolition

Vittoria Wharf residents protest at studio demolition

Residents of Vittoria Wharf, Tower Hamlets, have less than a week to voice their opinion about a proposed planning application which would demolish their homes. In association with Britzel LTD, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) are revising an application for a mixed-use development at Vittoria Wharf, on Stour Road…

Traveller convoy trespassing in car park risk legal action

Traveller convoy trespassing in car park risk legal action

  A convoy of seven large Traveller caravans who set up camp in Sydenham car park in Lewisham this week have been told by the council they will face legal action if they do not leave this weekend. Since their arrival last Sunday, the travellers have occupied the overflow area…

More Olympic disappointment for Tower Hamlets

More Olympic disappointment for Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets will be allocated only 27 out of the 675 socially rented homes in the East Village despite being in the midst of a housing crisis. Isle of Dogs councillor Zara Davis, who discovered the figures after making a members enquiry to the council, told The Wharf she was…

Fairness Commission delivers report on housing crisis

Fairness Commission delivers report on housing crisis

The crisis of affordable housing in Tower Hamlets is tackled in a new report. Titled “Time To Act” and launched by the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission on Monday, the report challenges the government as well as the local council, businesses and community groups to work together to make the borough…

Hackney Mayor speaks on housing debate

Hackney Mayor speaks on housing debate

The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe has spoken out about the challenge of providing affordable housing to the people of Hackney. Talking at an open meeting in the Council Chamber at Hackney Town Hall on July 17,  Pipe defended his authority by saying: “Hackney is consistently in the top half…

Hackney rejects Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum

Hackney rejects Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum

Hackney Council last night rejected a proposal from the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum (The Forum), which had wanted to use the Localism Act of 2011 to take over responsibility for planning decisions in the wards of Cazenove, Lordship, New River and Springfield. The council cited “clear tensions within the community…

Tower Hamlets OAP caught filming council meeting

Tower Hamlets OAP caught filming council meeting

A disabled pensioner caught filming Tower Hamlets council’s open meeting on his pocket camera caused it to stop after he was told by the council Speaker to switch off his device – or be thrown out. John Wright, 71, Alzheimer’s Ambassador for Tower Hamlets, was asked by a council enforcement…

Housing tower plans decision deferred after objections

Housing tower plans decision deferred after objections

Plans for what would be the tallest residential building in Britain, the 75-floor City Pride on the Isle of Dogs, have been put on hold to allow the developers time to answer criticisms by councillors and local people. Tower Hamlets planning committee has deferred a decision on the application by…