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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,…

House prices set to soar in ELL boroughs as successive Governments failed to build enough housing

House prices set to soar in ELL boroughs as successive Governments failed to build enough housing

London housing prices are expected to increase by more than 40 per cent in the next six years due to a stagnant house building market. In the EastLondonLines boroughs, Hackney and Lewisham are expected to have the biggest increase in housing prices, with 49 and 47 per cent increases respectively.…

New proposal for Stamford Hill planning forum

New proposal for Stamford Hill planning forum

Hackney council has received a new proposal for a Central Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum, despite past concerns about tension within the community. The last proposal for a Stamford Hill Planning Forum was rejected in July because the council argued it created “clear tensions within the community in North Hackney” and…

Council to build ninety four new homes across borough

Council to build ninety four new homes across borough

Lewisham Council has approved the development of 94 new council homes. In a meeting held on Thursday, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock approved plans to build new homes in New Cross, Blackheath and Forest Hill. The plans are part of the council’s on-going ‘Housing Matters’ programme, which aims…