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Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Three buildings in the EastLondonlines boroughs have been recognised for their “outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment”. The Civic Trust has commended the St Andrews Residential Development in Tower Hamlets, The New Generation Youth and Community Centre (TNG) in Lewisham, and the Thomas Fairchild Community…

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

People Before Profit to contest Convoys Wharf plans

Lewisham People Before Profit will be calling for changes in the Convoys Wharf regeneration plan during London Mayor Boris Johnson’s representation hearing at the end of the month. The hearing is scheduled for March 31 and is likely to be the decisive hearing on the future of the former Deptford…

The east London skyline is set to climb higher with a total of 34 new skyscrapers planned for Tower Hamlets

The east London skyline is set to climb higher with a total of 34 new skyscrapers planned for Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets will experience dramatic changes to its skyline, as the borough becomes home to more than fifty new tall buildings, a  survey says. New London Architecture has released the results of an independent study, which suggests that 236 buildings of over 20 storeys are to be built in the…

Old Town no more: Croydon’s historical centre gets revamp

Old Town no more: Croydon’s historical centre gets revamp

Croydon residents have expressed excitement and approval at the proposed revamp of the historical Old Town area as the consultation period for the council’s plans gets underway. The £1.5m master plan aims to reinforce Old Town’s status as the borough’s historical centre by improving the area’s existing strengths such as…

Turnaround for Watts Grove after securing £7 million

Turnaround for Watts Grove after securing £7 million

A multi-million pound housing project that was scrapped last year is now back on track after securing funding from the Greater London Authority. The turn around for the Watts Grove Development in Bromley-by-Bow was agreed at a Tower Hamlets council cabinet meeting last week. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said that the…

Council calls for street named after Mandela in Olympic Park

Council calls for street named after Mandela in Olympic Park

Councillors in Tower Hamlets are calling for a street in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to be named after Nelson Mandela. The council now intends to lobby Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation. The proposal was passed by more than 20 councillors at a…

Borough house price increase higher than Kensington

Borough house price increase higher than Kensington

House prices in Tower Hamlets soar as the borough showed the biggest increase in asking prices at the beginning of the year, well ahead of other inner city boroughs. According to the property website Rightmove, Tower Hamlets is in a top spot for January with an increase of 3.6%, taking…

Convoys Wharf planning proposal rejected by Lewisham Council as it fails to meet the needs of local residents

Convoys Wharf planning proposal rejected by Lewisham Council as it fails to meet the needs of local residents

Plans for the £1bn regeneration of Convoys Wharf ignore the needs of the local community, Lewisham Council has decided. At a meeting last week the Council’s strategic planning committee voted unanimously to reject the waterfront development plans on the grounds that “certain aspects of the proposed development are considered unacceptable…

Hackney housing workers to give out foodbank vouchers

Hackney housing workers to give out foodbank vouchers

Workers for a housing charity have been approved as official voucher holders for Hackney foodbanks, enabling them to identify and assist residents in crisis. Income advisors for Sanctuary Housing can now issue vouchers that will allow residents to redeem three days emergency food from Trussell Trust Hackney foodbanks. Sanctuary staff…

Local campaigners criticise Whitechapel masterplan

Local campaigners criticise Whitechapel masterplan

  A £900m ‘Masterplan’ for the regeneration of Whitechapel was approved at last week’s cabinet meeting, despite criticism from local campaigners. Tower Hamlets council’s Whitechapel Vision Masterplan will provide 3,500 new homes and an estimated 5,000 new jobs. The council’s Supplementary Planning Document, which explains how Whitechapel will be regenerated,…