LANSBURY (SOUTH) ESTATE

Over 100 council and housing association estates across London are under threat of demolition. Our research shows where they are.

Lansbury (south) estate

Number of homes under threat: 169

Landlord: Poplar HARCA

Ballot Status: Exempt

Planning Status: Approved

169 homes are earmarked for demolition on the Lansbury (south) estate in Tower Hamlets, as part of Poplar HARCA’s regeneration of the Chrisp Street Market area.

Seven blocks on the estate have been earmarked for demolition including the 21-storey Fitzgerald House.

The scheme is being funded by the Mayor and exempted from his requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

The Mayor’s planning report approving the scheme confirms that the redeveloped site will provide 643 new homes of which 36% will be ‘affordable’. None of the affordable homes will be social rent but 163 homes will be London Affordable Rent.

In February 2021, Tower Hamlets served a Compulsory Purchase Order on the 56 remaining retailers and 16 remaining leaseholders on the Lansbury estate, so that Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes can proceed with their Chrisp Street redevelopment.

The 163 replacement ‘social’ housing units are being built with £13m of Mayoral funding and provided as London Affordable Rent rather than social rent tenure. This is one of the numerous estate redevelopment schemes that the Mayor exempted from his requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

The affected residents and retailers have been given until 1st April to object to the CPO, which may be subject to a public inquiry if the Secretary of State decides the objections should be given a hearing.

The Council has published the Compulsory Purchase Order and supporting documents on its website here.

Links:
Tower Hamlets planning portal - application documents

Mayor’s stage 1 and stage 2 planning reports


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