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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…

People Before Profit launch legal housing advice service

People Before Profit launch legal housing advice service

A free legal housing advice service has been launched by local campaigners to meet rising needs for legal aid in Lewisham. Community activist group People Before Profit has teamed up with an experienced solicitor from housing  and homelessness charity Shelter to offer legal housing advice every first Wednesday of the month.…

Raw deal for Raw Duck as Hackney terrace demolished

Raw deal for Raw Duck as Hackney terrace demolished

Demolition of 5 Amhurst Road in Hackney is currently underway, following the emergency evacuation of all residents last Friday. Council contractors have erected a safety scaffold at the front and back of the terraced houses, with the controlled demolition of wine bar and restaurant Raw Duck, and a further three…

Council parties clash over allegation of electoral fraud

Council parties clash over allegation of electoral fraud

Allegations of electoral fraud caused uproar at the Tower Hamlets Council Meeting last night as Labour councillors threatened to call for a police investigation. Attendees passed a motion which raised concerns over people claiming to be from a local housing association, while  canvassing for the Mayor in the run up…

Development protesters beat “The Incredible Bulk”

Development protesters beat “The Incredible Bulk”

Campaigners who opposed a new Tower Hamlets housing development are celebrating after the plans were quashed at a council meeting. Despite recommendation for approval from planning officers, the council’s strategic planning committee did not grant developers Londonewcastle permission to construct a 56-meter housing tower on the Huntingdon Industrial Estate, and…

Amhurst Road residents evacuated for emergency demolition

Amhurst Road residents evacuated for emergency demolition

Eight Hackney residents have been evacuated from their terraced homes after the council labelled the buildings “an immediate risk to public safety” and ordered their “urgent” demolition. The section from 1-5 Amhurst Road, which includes two restaurants as well as residences, was deemed “structurally unsound” after observers noted cracks in…

London Mayor announces new homes for Olympic Park

London Mayor announces new homes for Olympic Park

  Mayor Boris Johnson today unveiled plans to build up to 1,500 new affordable homes in the area occupied by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A total of 6,800 homes will be built across the park in five new housing villages. The developer, Taylor Wimpey, will start initial construction of…