The Mayor is based at London’s City Hall. Every four years, Londoners elect one Mayor and 25 Assembly Members to represent their interests. Current Mayor, Sadiq Khan, came to post in May 2016. The Mayor works to make London a better place for everyone who visits, lives or works in the city. His responsibilities include improving transport, helping London’s businesses to thrive and providing Londoners with the housing they need.
The Mayor wants half of all new homes in London to be affordable to buy or rent. To help this happen, he’s set up Homes for Londoners. It has members from City Hall’s housing, land, planning and regeneration teams. It also includes representatives from the Mayor’s wider GLA group, like Transport for London. This new scheme will work closely with London boroughs, housing associations, developers, home-builders, investors and central government. The aim is to create stronger relationships between all with a part to play in building new homes for Londoners.
As the landowner at Blackwall Reach, the Mayor is a key partner in the regeneration project. Blackwall Reach exemplifies the approach to estate regeneration being championed by the Mayor – including an increase in social housing and positive engagement with residents. His Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration will be published in late 2016.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH)
About Tower Hamlets Council and Blackwall Reach
As key joint founder of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project, Tower Hamlets Council is working closely with project partners GLA (Greater London Authority) and Swan Housing to deliver more than 1500 new homes including 679 affordable homes. The Council is providing land, funding and practical support to progress this ambitious scheme to provide much needed new homes, a primary school expansion, community and retail facilities, and new public spaces.
At the centre of the regeneration project site is the Robin Hood Gardens Estate whose council tenants and resident homeowners if opting to remain in the area are moving to the replacement new build homes. They are being joined by residents of private, social rented and other affordable tenures from elsewhere in the borough as their community grows. A brand new facility has been built to serve as a community hub, and a central park is being provided alongside improved transport links for the immediate and wider community to enjoy.
The London-wide housing crisis is acute in Tower Hamlets. With almost 20,000 on the waiting list for housing 561 new homes for Social Rent and 118 of other affordable tenures being provided through the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project is making a significant contribution towards relieving this shortage.
Swan Housing Association was first formed in 1994. Swan celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2014 and continues to provide high-quality affordable homes to rent and buy. Today Swan operates in East London and Essex and locally manages over 11,000 homes, with a secured development pipeline of over 3,000 homes across projects in a number of London Boroughs including Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and also in Basildon in Essex.
Swan’s mission is to “deliver effective services, enterprising solutions and exemplary homes and communities" whilst continuing to provide excellent housing services that meet the challenging needs of the communities of East London and Essex, delivering neighbourhoods that are healthy, vibrant and sustainable.
In 2015 Swan’s Bow Cross estate in East London was awarded the London Mayors Award for Planning Excellence and the Best Regeneration project Five Years on at the London Planning Awards. Its regeneration at Blackwall Reach also won the Award for Planning for Housing Growth at the Planning Awards 2015. Swan Group has recognised as one of the Times Top 100 Best Companies to work for by the Sunday Times.
Swan is delighted to be working with its regeneration partners LBTH and the GLA on the £300m regeneration of Blackwall Reach and recently opened its new Regional Office and new Community Hub, The Reach, at Blackwall.