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Town Hall hires housing expert to push new homes' strategy

PUBLISHED: 13:17 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses have appointed a housing specialist as their new development and renewal director at a time when Tower Hamlets launches its new £20 million housing strategy. Aman Dalvi returns to London's East End after seven years to push forward the authority's new drive to create more homes for large families

Mike Brooke

TOWN Hall bosses have appointed a housing expert as their new development and renewal director at a time when Tower Hamlets launches its new £20 million Housing Strategy.

Aman Dalvi returns to London’s East End after seven years to push forward the authority’s new drive to create more homes for large families.

It follows a policy U-turn of direct investment in social housing after several years of offloading’ council estates to privately-run associations.

“We need to ensure housing supply is maintained, despite the economic crisis,” Mr Dalvi says in a Town Hall statement.

“I want the strongest possible services for people living in Tower Hamlets, particularly on the housing front.”

His new post starts in February and follows his seven years as chief executive of Gateway to London, an agency which has helped create 10,000 jobs in East London.

It has responsibility for council services such as housing, planning, property, economic development and building control.

Mr Dalvi’s career in housing and regeneration also includes spells as the Housing Corporation’s investment assistant director, where he was responsible for a £500 million budget, and chief executive of East London’s Ujima housing association.

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