Dear all,

Some quick updates on local planning issues plus three meetings this week that Tower Hamlets Council is organising including one where they will try and set maximum allowable heights for buildings, see the Tall Buildings meeting tomorrow Tuesday at 5pm, details below.

A further email will follow with details of the ASDA and Westferry Printworks applications plus the One Housing Group schemes.

Referendum preparation 6th May
We are preparing posters, leaflets and cards for distribution after the 29th of March when the next phase of unlocking occurs.
We need help designing them, proofing and then later distributing them, so please let us know if you can help with either.
After some technical issues our website is now live again but just needs some updating. If you spot any issues let us know. It includes more information about the voting process.

Extension of the Forum for another five years +  a local Design Code
The Forum was officially recognised in April 2016 by Mayor John Biggs but Parliament requires Forums to be renewed every five years.
Originally we thought we would re-apply after the referendum as a fresh start. But the government has recently started a consultation on the National Model Design Code which can then be used to develop local Design Codes. Whether we help Tower Hamlets Council do this or write our own Design Code is as yet unclear but it would help if we were renewed so that we could apply for technical help and funds to do this. The Forums Committee has agreed to start that process but will seek your permission before we submit it.
If you have any issues or questions, let us know. The Council would have to re-consult the community before agreeing to any extension.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) 
To add more detail to the new Council Local Plan (adopted January 2020) as well as the new London Plan (adopted March 2021) the Council are working on a number of additional planning policies including;

Reuse Recycle Waste SPD
This SPD sets out guidance for developers on how waste management should be addressed in proposals for new residential and mixed-use development. The SPD covers the entire borough and aims to re-examine the way in which waste is produced and managed.

Meeting date (online)
Wednesday 5pm-6pm 17th of March 2021
If you would like to attend online, please email to RSVP.

Tall Buildings SPD
This SPD seeks to set out guidance on the design and planning of tall buildings across the entire the borough. This policy will set parameters for tall building development outside of the designated Tall Building Zones.

This project will seek to:

  • Define what a tall building is within the borough;
  • Identify locations where tall buildings may be appropriate;
  • Identify the character, setting and sensitivities of tall building zones;
  • Identify maximum heights that will be acceptable for tall buildings;
  • Consider tall building typologies in relation to building use, form, public realm, amenity, microclimate and quality of life.

Information here

Meeting times and dates online are:
Tuesday 5pm 16 March 2021: Isle of Dogs and South Poplar (South Poplar, Canary Wharf, Millwall, Cubitt Town)
Thursday 5pm 18 March 2021: East of the Borough (Mile End, Bow, Bromley by Bow, Poplar Riverside, Leamouth, Poplar, Blackwall)

The workshops will be presented by the Council's appointed contractor Urban Initiatives Studio.

If you would like to attend any of the above-mentioned workshops, please let us know of your interest by emailing

South Poplar SPD
This masterplan SPD sets out policy to guide the future development of South Poplar including Billingsgate Fish Market and Poplar DLR station. The SPD seeks to sustainably manage the significant growth being experienced in the area whilst ensuring such growth benefits existing as well as new communities. This masterplan will cover approximately 30 hectares of land through both South Poplar and Canary Wharf.

Consultation: Spring 2021

Leaside Area Action Plan
This project will create an Area Action Plan (AAP) that sets out policies for growth and regeneration in the Leaside area from now until 2031.
The policies will cover the south east of Tower Hamlets, including London City Island, Teviot Estate and Aberfeldy Estate.
Consultation: Spring 2021

They can all be found here

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