CLOSED: Smithy Street - new council homes

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We are consulting on plans to build four new family-sized, energy efficient council homes in Stepney ahead of a planning application later this year.

The homes will have four bedrooms, the development will be car free and the design will include space for children to play. It is part of our commitment to deliver 2,000 new council homes across Tower Hamlets.

Why we need to build

There are more than 18,000 people on the housing register in Tower Hamlets with nearly 10,000 in acute housing need. Families with a need for a four bedroom home - which these new properties will be - can wait up to 13 years and in some cases even longer.

Nearly 2,000 households have been placed in temporary accommodation, waiting for a permanent home and according to the national homelessness charity, Shelter, 60 per cent of residents in Tower Hamlets struggle to meet their housing costs.

Our residents are facing a housing crisis and these new affordable council homes, part of 2,000 that will be delivered in total, will make a genuine difference.

The proposal for Smithy Street

The proposal seeks to redevelop a garage court with new housing provision to meet local housing demand. The development is designated as a terrace of four 4-bed houses with courtyard gardens and first floor decks. The terrace houses will be built in red brick to complement the nearby buildings on Redmans Road and Jamaica Street and use white brick to highlight details in a similar way to the nearby school and residential buildings.

The proposal also seeks to improve the immediate landscape within the court and offer better biodiversity with the use of soft landscaping improvements, children’s door step play and tree planting. The scheme will provide lighting and more surveillance over the adjacent alleyway thus making it a safer and more inviting place.

Take part in the feedback survey to have your say on the proposals before Sunday 25 October 2020

What the site looks like now

What it will look like in the future

Take part in the feedback survey to have your say on the proposals before Sunday 25 October 2020

We are consulting on plans to build four new family-sized, energy efficient council homes in Stepney ahead of a planning application later this year.

The homes will have four bedrooms, the development will be car free and the design will include space for children to play. It is part of our commitment to deliver 2,000 new council homes across Tower Hamlets.

Why we need to build

There are more than 18,000 people on the housing register in Tower Hamlets with nearly 10,000 in acute housing need. Families with a need for a four bedroom home - which these new properties will be - can wait up to 13 years and in some cases even longer.

Nearly 2,000 households have been placed in temporary accommodation, waiting for a permanent home and according to the national homelessness charity, Shelter, 60 per cent of residents in Tower Hamlets struggle to meet their housing costs.

Our residents are facing a housing crisis and these new affordable council homes, part of 2,000 that will be delivered in total, will make a genuine difference.

The proposal for Smithy Street

The proposal seeks to redevelop a garage court with new housing provision to meet local housing demand. The development is designated as a terrace of four 4-bed houses with courtyard gardens and first floor decks. The terrace houses will be built in red brick to complement the nearby buildings on Redmans Road and Jamaica Street and use white brick to highlight details in a similar way to the nearby school and residential buildings.

The proposal also seeks to improve the immediate landscape within the court and offer better biodiversity with the use of soft landscaping improvements, children’s door step play and tree planting. The scheme will provide lighting and more surveillance over the adjacent alleyway thus making it a safer and more inviting place.

Take part in the feedback survey to have your say on the proposals before Sunday 25 October 2020

What the site looks like now

What it will look like in the future

Take part in the feedback survey to have your say on the proposals before Sunday 25 October 2020

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

If you've got a question for the project team, this is where you can ask it.

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    Have you made any provisions for storing bicycles/cargo bikes safely? I would imagine that families who require a house this size have at least one car. How do you ensure that the residents who move into this car-free development do not own a motor vehicle? Although I do not own a car myself, parking around this area is in high demand and this would put extra pressure on the already congested roads.

    Hitchhiker asked 6 months ago

    Bicycle parking will be considered in the final designs. Under the parking permit transfer Scheme, residents can obtain a Controlled Parking Zone permit if the new property has at least three bedrooms or more and must have more bedrooms than the current property. The applicant must have held an on-street parking permit for at least twelve months prior to moving in to the new property. After the move, only one on-street resident permit may be held per household.

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    Is it possible to open up the whole alley way to the development? This alley way is a problem area for Anti Social Behaviour every night, and the alley way is not safe as there is no natural surveillance. You can check police / ASB reports for details on this issue. By opening up the alley way to the development, allowing public and school access through, and making it part of the open space, you will have more open space for the development, which will help move the proposed houses about 3 metres to the south, away from the existing Redmans road block, which will help solve this security issue and the daylight / sunlight and other neighbourly matters impacting on Redmans block 50-72.

    Tom Local Resident asked 7 months ago

    The alleyway, although not part of this proposal, is being explored to be opened up, many residents have raised this issue, and the Capital Delivery team are liaising with the Council’s Highways team, Tower Hamlets Homes and the School on the matter, this will also have to be proposed through the designing out crime process with Met Police. All the other points are to be considered in relation to the wall being removed.

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    Please can you publish the rear elevation (other) of these homes? What is the view from the existing ground floor rooms of the Redmans Road Block, bordering the northern boundary of this site, and the view from the alleyway bordering the school? This proposal will need to respect the amenity (gardens and homes) of the existing blocks and the school, especially as this scheme is right next to these gardens, and looks very close to the Redmans Road Block living and bedroom windows. How close is the proposed block to the existing residents gardens and habitable room windows?

    Tom Local Resident asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question, Tom. The design does not have computer generated images of the views from Redmans Road block on the northern boundary of the site or the alleyway to the school.  The proposal will be tested by the various specialist consultants to make sure that the design standards meets the planning policy requirements/technical specifications, and if required, the design iteration will incorporate within the design development proposals to be amended accordingly.  This will take into account distances between the proposed and existing buildings; overlooking, privacy issues and sunlight/daylight impacts.