Silvertown development containing no affordable housing approved

By Rob Virtue on February 13, 2014 10:05 AM |

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A proposal for a two luxury towers next to the Royal Docks, which includes no provision for affordable housing, has been approved by Newham Council.

Brickfield Investment is behind the 24-storey scheme for Tidal Basin Road in Silvertown and will pay the council £5million to mitigate the lack of social rented and shared ownership units.

The site is currently home to the Tidal Basin Tavern and Labour Exchange Building, which the council said had seen repeated fire damage and vandalism. Approval was given for their demolition last year.

The proposed development is of two towers of 23 and 24 storeys. Over 50 per cent of the apartments will be one-bedroom.

Also included in the scheme is a gym and business meeting facilities.

Council planning officers said an independent review found site constraints caused by proximity to overhead powerlines, railways and roads meant affordable housing was not viable.

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The committee approved the scheme on Tuesday evening.

Five residents raised concerns during the planning consultation citing issues such as loss of light, overcrowding and traffic disruption.

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