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Swan To Submit Plans For Phase 1 of Robin Hood Gardens Redevelopment

A detailed plan for phase one of the redevelopment of the Robin Hood Gardens estate  in the Blackwall Reach area of PoplarB 78 will be submitted this week to Tower Hamlets council. 

Opinion about Robin Hood Gardens, which is an example of the 'brutalist' architecture style, has been divided since it was developed in the 1960s by husband and wife team Alison and Peter Smithson. After consultation with the people who lived on the estate, it was decided that a total redevelopment would be the best thing to do.

 Swan was selected by Tower Hamlets Council to develop the site once a campaign by prominent architects (who seemed to be in the vast minority of people who liked the existing building) to save the building had been lost.

 Consultations have been ongoing with residents and stakeholders in area since the summer of 2011 for the first phase of the £500 million project.

 'Phase 1a' of the Blackwall Reach regeneration applies to land at the north west of the Blackwall Reach site, north of Woolmore Street, between Robin Hood Lane and Cotton Street and the north east of Bullivant Street.

 The application includes plans to provide:

  • 98 new homes to mostly decanted residents and address the over-crowding of homes earmarked for demolition in future phases of project;
  • A new replacement mosque for the Poplar Mosque
  • A new community centre of circa 500 sq. m.
  • A housing office for Swan
  • A public square linking the mosque, community centre and Woolmore School; and
  • Improved public realm, landscaping and play space.

Outline planning consent was granted earlier this year. The overall scheme will see 1,575 homes built at the site, including 700 'affordable' homes, with 80% of these for social rent.

John Synnuck, Chief Executive of Swan, said: "This application includes some important detail about the first phase of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project. The application has been submitted after a comprehensive period of consultation between Swan, Tower Hamlets Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and the local community.

"It represents an important milestone in Swan's ongoing commitment to the regeneration of the Blackwall Reach area."

The application has important implications for residents living at Blackwall Reach and who wish to remain in the area. Many of the residents are expected to move to the newly built homes when they are completed in March 2015.


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