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Public housing gets £7m Whitehall cash boost

PUBLISHED: 14:27 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 05 October 2010

THREE major public housing projects are sharing a £7 million kitty of Whitehall cash in London's overcrowded East End. It follows a deal by Housing Minister Margaret Beckett, targeting priority housing' projects in hard-pressed areas for additional funds

THREE major public housing projects are sharing a £7 million kitty of Whitehall cash in London’s overcrowded East End.

The biggest slice of the cake is £5m for the prestigious project being built on the site of the old St Clement’s Hospital at Mile End.

The site is now owned by the Homes & Communities Agency where a new housing scheme is planned with 275 new homes, half being low-cost affordable’ tenancies reserved for East End families. The scheme also includes a new health centre.

Another £1m is earmarked for Bow’s Malmesbury Estate and almost £800,000 for the Birchfield Estate in Poplar, to help towards regenerating the two estates.

The Whitehall cash follows a deal by Housing Minister Margaret Beckett, targeting priority housing’ projects in hard-pressed areas like the East End for additional funds.

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