Central Area Good Growth SPD

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CLOSED: We're grateful to those people who took the time to respond to this consultation. The project team is working through the responses and will be producing a report in due course.

The council is preparing supplementary planning guidance to support the development of high quality housing developments in the central part of the borough.

This is your opportunity to have your say and contribute to that work. We'd love to tell you more about the project but if you want you can go straight to the survey.

In order to deliver much-needed homes and to plan for housing growth, the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031 directs housing delivery by identifying four sub-areas to positively manage development opportunities and change at the strategic level. The sub-area found in the central part of the borough is labelled as the central area. The central area has a well-established character, with several conservation areas and listed buildings, as well as some of the borough’s key green spaces such as Victoria Park and Mile End.

The area is formed of several neighbourhoods, or places, as the map below shows:

With limited land available for significant redevelopment, it is expected that the central area will go through a gradual intensification through small-scale housing developments that are sensitive to local character. These may include roof/rear extensions to existing buildings, estate infill and new developments of up to around 40 homes on sites of up to 0.25 hectares.

The images below show some built examples of small-scale housing developments across Tower Hamlets:

Beveridge Mews (Estate infill)
Design and image: Peter Barber Architects

213-217 Old Ford Road (Redevelopment of infill site)
Design and image: pH+


49 Derbyshire Street (Development of infill site)
Design and image: Rivington Street Studios

8 Reardon Path (Roof extension)
Image: Google

31 Lockhart Street (Extension and change of use)
Image: Google

The Central Area Good Growth Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which is now being developed will provide design guidance to ensure that new small-scale housing developments proposed in the central area are of a high design quality and that they respond to and enhance the area’s distinctive and valued character. The SPD will be informed by an updated character study of the different neighbourhoods in the central area, including considerations on existing scale, urban grain and typologies. By providing design guidance directly informed by existing character, the SPD will promote good growth in the central area.

At this preliminary stage, we would like to hear from those who live and/or work in the central area, as well as those who visit the central area. With this online survey we hope to capture your thoughts on what makes the central area special and which principles you think should be followed to ensure that new small-scale housing developments in the area respect and enhance existing character.

In addition to this online survey, project officers will be holding an online session hosted on Microsoft Teams on 14 September from 6-7.30pm where they will run through a presentation on the emerging SPD and answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to get in touch with the project team with further questions/comments please email placeshaping@towerhamlets.gov.uk

CLOSED: We're grateful to those people who took the time to respond to this consultation. The project team is working through the responses and will be producing a report in due course.

The council is preparing supplementary planning guidance to support the development of high quality housing developments in the central part of the borough.

This is your opportunity to have your say and contribute to that work. We'd love to tell you more about the project but if you want you can go straight to the survey.

In order to deliver much-needed homes and to plan for housing growth, the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031 directs housing delivery by identifying four sub-areas to positively manage development opportunities and change at the strategic level. The sub-area found in the central part of the borough is labelled as the central area. The central area has a well-established character, with several conservation areas and listed buildings, as well as some of the borough’s key green spaces such as Victoria Park and Mile End.

The area is formed of several neighbourhoods, or places, as the map below shows:

With limited land available for significant redevelopment, it is expected that the central area will go through a gradual intensification through small-scale housing developments that are sensitive to local character. These may include roof/rear extensions to existing buildings, estate infill and new developments of up to around 40 homes on sites of up to 0.25 hectares.

The images below show some built examples of small-scale housing developments across Tower Hamlets:

Beveridge Mews (Estate infill)
Design and image: Peter Barber Architects

213-217 Old Ford Road (Redevelopment of infill site)
Design and image: pH+


49 Derbyshire Street (Development of infill site)
Design and image: Rivington Street Studios

8 Reardon Path (Roof extension)
Image: Google

31 Lockhart Street (Extension and change of use)
Image: Google

The Central Area Good Growth Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which is now being developed will provide design guidance to ensure that new small-scale housing developments proposed in the central area are of a high design quality and that they respond to and enhance the area’s distinctive and valued character. The SPD will be informed by an updated character study of the different neighbourhoods in the central area, including considerations on existing scale, urban grain and typologies. By providing design guidance directly informed by existing character, the SPD will promote good growth in the central area.

At this preliminary stage, we would like to hear from those who live and/or work in the central area, as well as those who visit the central area. With this online survey we hope to capture your thoughts on what makes the central area special and which principles you think should be followed to ensure that new small-scale housing developments in the area respect and enhance existing character.

In addition to this online survey, project officers will be holding an online session hosted on Microsoft Teams on 14 September from 6-7.30pm where they will run through a presentation on the emerging SPD and answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to get in touch with the project team with further questions/comments please email placeshaping@towerhamlets.gov.uk