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January 10, 2012

Blackwall Reach regeneration plan submitted

Swan Housing Association and Countryside Properties have submitted a £500m plan to Tower Hamlets Council to replace 214 existing homes with 1,700 flats at Blackwall Reach in east London, UK.

Blackwall Reach regenaration project

Swan Housing Association and Countryside Properties have submitted a £500m plan to Tower Hamlets Council to replace 214 existing homes with 1,700 flats at Blackwall Reach in east London, UK.

The Blackwall Reach project is a transformation proposed for the Blackwall Reach area, which includes Robin Hood Gardens, Woolmore Street, Mackrow Walk and Anderson House. Tower Hamlets Council mayor Lutfur Rahman said the development is an exciting improvement to the community and will enable the council to deliver affordable homes, including many family homes, to meet the growing need in the borough.

The planning application has been developed by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in consultation with the local community and will be followed by a detailed application for phase one of the scheme. The Blackwall Reach project will include new, high-quality homes, 700 units of which are planned to be offered via social rent and shared ownership schemes.

Swan and Countryside plan to redevelop an area of Tower Hamlets that includes the 1970s Robin Hood Gardens estate designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, which will be demolished to make way for new homes. The project also includes an upgrade of public spaces, including improved community facilities, open space, new shops, the relocation of a mosque and transport connection improvements.

HCA London director Jackie Jacob said the application represents a good opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents of the Blackwall Reach area.

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"The proposal corresponds with our commitment to supporting the highest quality design and putting residents’ needs at the forefront of delivering new homes," Jacob added.

Image: An artist’s impression of the Blackwall Reach regeneration plan. Photo: Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project.

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