2,800 Home Poplar Gasworks Scheme Gets OK

A 2,800 home development at the former Poplar Gasworks in Leven Road, E14, has been recommended for approval by planners.

The development by St William, a joint venture between the Berkeley Group and National Grid, will have 35% affordable homes and will also comprise a new secondary school, commercial, retail and leisure space together with opening up a waterfront to the River Lea. It is part of a wider plan to provide 5,000 new homes in the Poplar Riverside area.

Despite some concerns over the density of the development and its limited access to public transport Tower Hamlets Borough Council said: “Considered as a whole, the proposed development delivers the requirements of the Site Allocation policy and is considered to accord with the Development Plan. In doing so, it makes a significant contribution to the delivery of the Council’s housing targets and the addressing of Tower Hamlet’s identified housing need. It delivers a notable quantum of employment floorspace, open space and facilitates the delivery of a secondary school.”

This East London location is one which several years ago would scarcely have attracted the interest of residential developers. However, it is a sizable scheme which should help to establish the area as a more prominent residential location.

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Source LBTH
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