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Feilden Clegg Bradley appeals against Mildmay refusal - images

Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB) is appealing against the refusal last year of its ambitious Mildmay Urban Village (MUV) ‘supportive housing’ project.

The move ends months of speculation about the future of the potentially groundbreaking ‘social housing experiment’ in Shoreditch, east London, which was unanimously turned down by Tower Hamlet’s planning committee last December (Tower Hamlets rejects Feilden Clegg Bradley’s ‘social experiment’ housing).Backed by homeless charity Crisis, the Mildmay Mission Hospital, Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church, the Genesis Housing Group and English Partnerships, the proposed scheme would see the creation of 370 homes for the homeless on the edge of the City.However, despite the scheme receiving support from both CABE and the authority’s own planners, the Tower Hamlets committee felt it could not approve the project, which would feature a 23-storey residential tower.Now MUV chiefs, who vowed to battle on after the surprising council knockback, have settled on launching an appeal against the decision rather than substantially reworking the original design.A spokesman said: ‘The partners are confident that the proposed development meets the criteria within current planning policy and guidelines and as such have decided to appeal against the Tower Hamlets Council decision.’A lot of thought, planning and consultation went into our proposal, which represents a 60 million investment in one of the most deprived boroughs in London.’We have developed a solution which addresses the urgent needs for high-quality affordable housing and believe MUV will bring significant benefits to the whole community and help to regenerate the area.’Intriguingly, since the unexpected council decision last year, the budget for the development seems to have risen by 7 million - according to earlier reports the scheme was to have come in at around 53 million.by Richard Waite

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