�250m Olympic regeneration of Aberfeldy estate given approval

Plans for the �250m redevelopment of the Aberfeldy estate in Blackwall have been approved by the Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

The proposals for the estate include the construction of a minimum of 1,176 new homes over a 12 year period, as well as shops, healthcare and other community facilities.

The scheme, which will be undertaken in six phases over the course of 12 years, was given initial approval by Tower Hamlets council earlier this year. It was then passed up to the Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the body set up by the government to oversee the regneration of East London, for the final say.

Detailed planning approval has already been granted for the �40m first phase, which will incorporate 342 new homes and retail development on the eastern side of the estate. Work on this phase of the project is expected to begin later this year.

Housing association Poplar Harca will work in association with Regen, a branch of development company Willmott Dixon to deliver the plans.

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Poplar Harca’s chief executive, Steve Stride, said: “Tower Hamlet’s Council and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation have given the green light to a transformational regeneration programme that will enhance thousands of residents’ lives, and significantly improve the infrastructure and amenities of the Aberfeldy area.”

The project is part of the regeneration of East London planned as part of the Olympic legacy. Developers say that it will bring 1,000 construction jobs to the area between now and 2024, and 300 more jobs upon completion, thanks to the improvements to the area’s infrastructure and facilities.

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Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Regen, said: “This is a mammoth undertaking that will provide an exciting future for Aberfeldy estate’s residents as well as enticing a new generation of people looking to benefit from the region’s Olympic legacy and its quick links into Docklands and the City.”

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