Early plans for a replacement town hall in Whitechapel are set to go before Tower Hamlets councillors.

A report by the council’s officers sent to cabinet members recommends the former Royal London Hospital site in Whitechapel as the preferred location for a new civic centre.

Under the proposals the authority would leave its current home at Mulberry Place in Poplar, which costs taxpayers £5million a year to rent.

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Its current lease on Mulberry Place will expire in June 2020, requiring the council to leave by September 2019.

The report stated a new centre could be funded by using money generated from selling other council-owned sites such as Cheviot House in Commercial Road.

Should cabinet members agree to the proposals at a meeting on Tuesday, November 3, the council would look into the costs of such a building and draw up a capital estimate.

In addition to the town hall plans, officers recommend a proposed refurbishment of its John Onslow House facility for future use.