Affordable housing at Indescon Court to be debated by Tower Hamlets Council


Affordable housing on the Isle of Dogs will be put under the spotlight as councillors decide whether to allow an amendment to tenure at Indescon Court.

Members of Tower Hamlets Council's Strategic Development Committee will meet tonight, (Thursday) to discuss a variation to a Section 106 agreement at phase two of the site, at 20 Millharbour.

Applicant Galliard Homes and One Housing Group have asked to alter the type of affordable housing from social target rent to affordable rent, although the actual amount of affordable properties would remain at 123 units.

But planning officers have recommended councillors reject the variation. Documents released before the meeting state the applicants' belief that with 123 properties out of a 546 total at social target rent, the scheme "would not be economically viable".

Although the documents show council officers agreeing the current provision at social target rent would render the scheme unviable and inhibit its delivery, they have advised the amendment is rejected.

They state while the change of tenure "is considered acceptable in policy terms", the lack of an agreement between the council and applicants for an overage mechanism, relating to development profits, has proved a sticking point.

■ Campaigners are trying to stop a luxury development being built next to Island Gardens.

Proposals for the Calders Wharf scheme on the south of the Isle of Dogs were accepted by Tower Hamlets Council's planning committee earlier this month.

But those against the scheme are refusing to give in and have starting a petition urging the Government to reverse the decision.