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Swan Housing Association were delighted to welcome The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to Blackwall Reach, the £300 million regeneration of Robin Hood Gardens, in Poplar, East London, which Swan are delivering in partnership with The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA. The Mayor chose to use Blackwall Reach for the launch of his new strategy because it is considered an exemplar scheme.
The Mayor joined Swan's Chief Executive, John Synnuck and Swan's Executive Director for Regeneration and Development, Geoff Pearce, to see first-hand how the development partners are transforming the estate into over 1,500 new homes, of which 679 will be affordable. The Blackwall Reach project has benefitted from £50m of loan funding from City Hall to accelerate the scheme.
After walking through the estate, the Mayor was met by Sandra Fawcett, Swan's Executive Director - Operations, who took him on a tour of Swan's new community facility 'The Reach', built as part of the regeneration. Meeting a variety of residents and community groups, he discussed the benefits of the 'The Reach' as well as their new and improved homes at Blackwall Reach.
The Mayor went on to launch his Housing Strategy, announcing his
intention to earmark £250million for City Hall to use for buying
and preparing land for new and affordable housing, as he published
his first draft Housing Strategy for London which also
* Starting to build 90,000 new affordable homes by 2021;
* Ensuring a better deal for private renters;
* Increasing the building of more genuinely affordable homes;
* Supporting new housing providers including community builders; and
* Helping tackle homelessness, with a way off the street for every rough sleeper.
John Synnuck, Chief Executive at Swan Housing Association
"At Swan, we are delighted that the Mayor of London has chosen to launch his new Housing Strategy at Blackwall Reach today. This exemplar £300m regeneration really does demonstrate how, working together with our Borough partners and The Mayor of London, we can deliver more high quality, affordable homes for Londoners, more quickly.
This project will transform a key area of Poplar by 2024, creating 1579 homes (including replacement homes), in a Borough with acute housing need. Critically, these homes are high-quality and built to London Design guide standards. More than half will be affordable (including large family homes) with 80 per cent of these affordable homes for social rent.
The Mayor saw first-hand today how the new community facility, The Reach, has already become the heart of Blackwall Reach. It's these additional benefits including improved public realm with amenities for all ages, enhanced access to the DLR and the new Blackwall Reach Trust which will foster future investment, good management and a regeneration legacy, that set Blackwall Reach apart."