Tower Hamlets builds highest number of affordable homes in country
Figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show Tower Hamlets has delivered the highest number of affordable homes in the country.
Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, Tower Hamlets has seen 5,590 affordable homes delivered.
The council has worked hard in ensuring the building and development of affordable housing in the borough in these years, through careful working with developers, as well as its own regeneration projects.
Regeneration projects that have delivered affordable homes during these years include the Ocean Estate regeneration project, which has delivered 800 new homes, 395 of which are affordable.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “These figures show that the council has been working hard to deliver affordable homes to our residents. But we can’t rest on our laurels – much more needs to be done to respond to the challenges that we face in Tower Hamlets – including a rising population. We need to deliver even more much-needed genuinely affordable housing to communities in the borough, as well as making sure we get the delivery of infrastructure right.”
Earlier this year, the council secured £24.8 million from the government’s New Homes Bonus. This was recognition from the government of the work the council has been undertaking to build the housing stock in the borough.
There are a number of other regeneration projects coming up in Tower Hamlets, which will deliver affordable housing. These include:
- Blackwall Reach. Phase 1a will soon be complete, and this will see 98 new properties developed, 79 of which will be for social rent. The wider project will see up to 1,575 new homes built
- Whitechapel Vision – which will see up to 3,500 new homes built in Whitechapel, many of which will be family and affordable homes
- London Dock, built on the former News International site in Wapping, will see 486 affordable homes built.