More social homes built by Tower Hamlets despite government spending cuts.
They reached 886 in 2015-16, including major schemes like rejuvenation of Stepney’s massive Ocean Estate, Bromley-by-Bow’s Watts Grove and Poplar’s controversial Blackwall Reach project at Robin Hood Gardens.
Another 1,000 affordable homes were completed in the subsequent 12 months to April to tackle the East End’s rocketing population growth with 20,000 families on the waiting list.
We face a housing crisis with no support from the government, Deputy Mayor Sirajul Islam claimed. “Councils have been left to pick up the pieces and create the affordable housing that’s badly needed. But we’ve done just that.
The Town Hall set up an affordability commission last year that has led to a private renters’ charter and landlord register to tackle the shortage as well as lower rents on new properties.