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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Reinventing the Hamlets

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2010 14:00 BST

Tower Hamlets residents can gain an insight into what the borough will look like in 15 years time after planning guidance for its future development got the green light.

The Local Development Framework Core Strategy gained approval from councillors at Tower Hamlets Council’s Cabinet meeting last night (8 September).

The Strategy, which will guide the growth of the borough over the next 15 years, was developed in consultation with residents and took three years to draw up. The strategy has already received praise from Government officials, and is being looked to as an example of best practice by authorities across the country.

In particular the council has been recognised for its work on incorporating design into planning and for its collaborative working with partners including NHS Tower Hamlets.

Councillor Marc Francis, Lead Member for Planning at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Tower Hamlets is one of the fastest growing areas in the whole country, with the population set to rise to well over 300,000 by 2025. It’s vital that we have a well thought-out plan that can manage this growth and development while helping the borough to flourish.

“This ambitious strategy addresses how we will manage the physical change to the borough, outlining where and when growth and change will happen so that we’re ready for the future.”

Focusing on the 24 hamlets which make up the borough, the strategy reflects the diversity and characteristics of the different areas and looks at their social and economic development.

The strategy has been through an extensive development and approval process, along with resident consultation, detailed testing and partnership working took place. The Planning Inspectorate approved the strategy in July.

Cllr Francis, added: ”We’ve fully taken on board the Planning Inspector’s recommendations to improve the strategy and make it more accessible.

“I hope Full Council backs the Core Strategy's for formal adoption on Wednesday, so it can be used as the reference point for development in the East End."

To view the Core Strategy visit


Notes to editors

The Local Development Framework Core Strategy is set to go to Full Council on Wednesday 15 September for final approval.


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