Affordable Homes

Building new homes for local residents



The housing crisis in Tower Hamlets

The London-wide housing crisis is acute in Tower Hamlets. There are more than 19,000 on the waiting list for housing but the council can only grant 1800 new tenancies a year at the moment.

Renting in the private sector is on a short-term basis and does not provide the longer-term security of social housing. Rents in the private sector are beyond the reach of families on low income, around three times as much as rents for similar council (or housing association) homes and often cannot be covered by the local Housing Benefit allowance.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said, “We face considerable challenges in delivering really affordable homes for local people. These include the very high cost of housing, a chronic shortage of stock and a growing population. We welcome the significant regeneration taking place in the borough and the role this plays in transforming Tower Hamlets. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that for increasing numbers of people who grew up in the borough, the possibility of renting or buying a local home has been very difficult.”

What is the council doing?

The council is committed to tackling the lack of affordable homes for rent by working with their partners (including Tower Hamlets Homes) to provide 5,500 new affordable homes for local residents to rent in the borough over the 2014-18 period. As part of this, the council will provide 1,000 new homes through its own programme of house building.

Last year, the council built 12 new homes in partnership with Tower Hamlets Homes in Bradwell Street which includes nine large four-bedroom family houses - three of which are for families that have a disabled person living with them. There are also three two-bedroom flats on the site and a community centre and playground for local residents. You can read more about the Bradwell Street development here.

Additionally, local families have moved into 40 new homes on the Dame Colet House scheme, and families on the housing list have been viewing the 60 new homes built as part of the Poplar Baths development.

And when completed in the spring, Watts Grove will house 147 families in a mixture of flats and houses.

One of the ways the council builds these homes is to develop them as part of existing housing estates. As part of the next phase of this important programme, the council has identified four such sites in the borough which will provide more new affordable homes for local families by spring 2018:

  • Baroness Road
  • Hereford Street
  • Jubilee Street and
  • Locksley Estate

Where can I get more information?

You can read more about the proposed schemes and how the council will consult with residents about it's plans here.

Alternatively, please contact Laura Duncan, Resident Liaison Officer on 020 7364 5015 or