More council social-rent homes for East End with City Hall cash

Pointing the way... mayor pushing for more council house building

Pointing the way... mayor pushing for more council house building - Credit: LBTH

Nearly 200 more homes are being added to Tower Hamlets Council's social rent house building programme using a £32m cash handout from City Hall to help tackle the chronic shortage.

The funding is to pay for 194 additional properties on top of the council's current long-term construction programme. 

Mayor John Biggs' 'other job'... building more council housing

Mayor John Biggs... building more council housing - Credit: LBTH stock shot

“This is a huge endorsement for our plans to tackle the housing crisis,” mayor John Biggs said. “We’ve secured extra funding for our programme towards 2,000 new homes.”  

The authority isn’t relying on major housing schemes to meet the demand, turning instead to smaller developments to fill the gap. 

Cllr Danny Hassell... making the most of 'land we own to help for social housing for those who need it'

Cllr Danny Hassell... making the most of 'land we own to help with social housing for those who need it' - Credit: Mike Brooke

Cllr Danny Hassell, cabinet member for housing, revealed: “We won’t reach our target with just big developments. So we’re making the most of land that we already own for smaller projects to build homes to help provide social housing to those who need it.” 

The City Hall cash is from a £3.46 billion package the mayor of London Sadiq Khan secured from the government for more council and other low-rent homes across London.  

£32m City Hall cash to build more Tower Hamlets Council housing

£32m City Hall cash to build more Tower Hamlets Council housing - Credit: LBTH