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Controversial Pitman Tozer and bptw housing scheme approved

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A 407-home scheme in east London by Pitman Tozer Architects and bptw partnership has been approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) despite objections by Tower Hamlets Council

The Imperial Street scheme will see five buildings of between three and 14 storeys created by the canal in Bromley by Bow. The scheme, backed by developer Lindhill Properties, will include retail and employment space.

Tower Hamlets Council had written to the LLDC warning that the affordable housing element of the scheme was ‘ambiguous’ and ‘unacceptable’. The local authority added that the lack of a continued riverside walkway through the scheme ’would compromise placemaking and the connectivity of adjoining sites’.

But a report by LLDC principal planning development manager Richard McFerran to the corporation’s planning decisions committee recommended approval.

It said 20 per cent of habitable rooms across the scheme would be in affordable housing, and there would be a contribution to works required on the A12.

‘Officers reiterate that the affordable housing offer significantly exceeds the maximum technically viable position,’ wrote McFerran.

’The development is considered to accord with national, regional and local development plan policy,’ he added.

Lindhill Properties director Lee Fitzpatrick said the scheme would kickstart regeneration of the wider area.

‘This has been an extensive and exciting journey, which started in the summer of 2015 working on the masterplanning and then in 2016 starting the detailed planning,’ he said. ‘What we have achieved in a relatively short amount of time, considering the size of the scheme and the collaboration with the other landowners, is pretty outstanding.’

Chris Bath, architectural director at bptw partnership, said the approved plans ‘share a strong focus on materiality and detailing, complementing the urban realm where distinct character zones give each public space a sense of place’.

Pitman Tozer Architects director Luke Tozer added: ‘We have developed a design that can sit confidently and comfortably within the emerging context, to help turn this regeneration of Bromley by Bow into a vital and vibrant new city quarter.’

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  • Pitman Tozer's spiel doesn't explain why a riverside walkway can't be incorporated in the development - is this seen as a potential liability rather than an asset?

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