HTA's 189-home east London scheme rejected

HTA's proposals for Cambridge Heath Road, in Bethnal Green, east London

Development fails to meet affordable housing requirements and is poorly designed, committee says

Tower Hamlets council has turned down HTA Design plans for a 189-home development in Bethnal Green because of concerns with its affordable housing mix and design quality.

The Cambridge Heath Road scheme, created for Telford Homes, features 40% affordable housing measured by habitable room – or 65 units of varying sizes – on the site of a former London Electricity Board office block. It also includes 1,676sq m of flexible commercial space.

While the proposals contain enough affordable housing according to the council’s rules, the tenure mix was 46:54 in favour of intermediate housing such as part-buy, part-rent, putting it at odds with council’s stipulated 70:30 split in favour of rented homes.

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