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East London development gets planning permission

East London development gets planning permission

Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of a new project to build hundreds of new homes in east London.

The Peabody Trust housing association has got the green light for a 408-home development at Fish Island, next to Neptune Wharf by the banks of the Hertford Union Canal and the River Lea navigation. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is located immediately across the river.

Construction will be carried out by Hill and the homes will be built in 13 different buildings, located on a site formerly occupied by warehouses. The tenancies will be a mix of affordable rents, shared ownership and some homes for rent or sale at market rates.

The phase will be followed by another 172 homes and a 55,000 sq ft of workspace, designed by Pitman Tozer and Lyndon Goode Architects. The workspace will be under the control of London-based social enterprise the Trampery. Its purpose will be to build on the growth of the local creative and arts scene by turning Fish Island into a hub for the arts.

Technically speaking, Fish Island is not in itself an island at all, although it is part of a larger island of land surrounded by the rivers Thames and Lea on two sides and the Regents and Hertford Union canals on the other two.

Several such 'islands' exist in the area, including the one the London Olympic stadium - where Olympians once raced and West Ham now play Premier League football - stands on between the Lea and City Mill rivers.  

Such developments are an ongoing part of efforts to redevelop the area around Stratford, with the use of the Olympic Park as a public park containing several sports venues going hand-in-hand with new housing and commercial developments such as the Westfield Stratford shopping centre.

The Peabody Trust will now be taking the Fish Island venture forward as part of an enlarged housing association, joining forces with Family Mosaic in a merger that will result in one giant housing association holding an estate worth £6 billion, comprising 55,000 homes spread across London and the south-east.

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