Tower Hamlets proposes community led housing programme with site releases from 2020.
Last week Tower Hamlets became the latest London borough to detail plans to release Council-owned land for community led housing.
Under the proposed Affordable Self-Build Programme, sites will be made available to community led organisations (or individuals where sites can only accommodate a single unit) to bid via competitive process through the GLA Small Sites Portal from spring 2020.
Following similar programmes by Croydon Council and the GLA earlier this year, the proposals (available to view in detail here) demonstrate local authorities growing support for community led housing and a diverse and locally driven approach to building new homes.
Significant to Tower Hamlets proposals is the requirement for 100% affordability of the homes built through the programme. Under the programme, proposals that deliver homes at London Affordable Rent level or align with average household incomes will be scored higher, with clauses in the Section 106 and leasehold covenants ensuring any affordability is protected for all future sales and lettings.
More information on the GLA’s affordable products is available in the ‘Homes for Londoners’ funding guidance.
By proposing to score bids 20% on the financial offer for the site and 80% on qualitative aspects (including community benefit and the sustainability of the scheme) Tower Hamlets has signalled a clear intention to accommodate proposals that meet the needs of local residents and which may not be viable through conventional routes.
The consultation runs until Saturday 30 November 2019.
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— Tower Hamlets Council (@TowerHamletsNow) October 17, 2019