Dear all,

Following a meeting with Tower Hamlets Council planning team last Friday we are close to submitting to them the Regulation 16 version of the Neighbourhood Plan. They will then launch a 6-week consultation on that version of the Plan before it and any comments received go to Examination next year.

But in advance of that submission, we wanted to update you on where we are, as well as the latest news.

The attached Neighbourhood Plan is the latest draft version click here:

If you want to see what has changed between this draft and the original Regulation 14 Plan look at this document, click here:

The main change is on page 34 where there is a new Policy: 
RB1 – Resident Ballot Requirement. Relevant Estate regeneration projects must apply for GLA grant funding, including satisfying the GLA’s resident ballot requirement.  
This policy is based on the estate regeneration policies in the Regulation 14 consultation.

Cycling and Transport research projects

Last week TfL released their consultation report on the proposed Hackney to Isle of Dogs cycle route, click here for their report. It contained this update on the Isle of Dogs section of the route:

"Further work has been undertaken on the Isle of Dogs section and we have been unable to find a design that meets our cycling quality criteria.

As a result, we would like to do some work on cycling issues across the Isle of Dogs. We also plan to do some research on how full the DLR is during the rush hour. If you are interested in helping  with either of these projects please get in touch with us by email here:

There will be more information in future emails about these & other projects.

Meet the Mayor John Biggs on the Isle of Dogs Tuesday 29th October 7-9pm

‘Ask the Mayor’ events are question and answer sessions held throughout the year which allow residents of Tower Hamlets to raise the issues that matter to them directly with the Mayor.
This session will take place in the theatre at George Green's School on the Isle of Dogs, Manchester Road, E14 3DW
Doors will open at approximately 6.30 pm, event starts at 7pm Tuesday 29th October
You need to apply for tickets in advance click here:

Community Infrastructure Levy consultation (Local Infrastructure Fund)

A more detailed email will follow about this public consultation by Tower Hamlets Council about how and where they should spend 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy earnt locally, click here for a link to the consultation.

But you may wish to put in your diary now these two workshop meetings at the Alpha Grove Community center, Alpha Grove, E14 8LH
on Wednesday 6th November
Session 1: 4-5.30pm
Session 2: 6-7.30pm
Please email or call 020 7364 5009 if you would like to register for one of the workshops. 

ASDA planning application

The application has been delayed. It was due at the end of August and we still expect it soon.
We plan to help organize a public meeting once it has been made public with local residents.

Westferry Printworks examination

The final comments were submitted to the Examiner by the developer, GLA and Tower Hamlets Council on the 23rd of September. They can be read click here:

The next step will for the Examiner to write a report before the final decision is made by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government.
You can get updates click here.

Tower Hamlets Council Local Plan 2031

After some delay, the Council has received the Planning Inspector's Final Report which includes a Schedule of Main Modifications (MMS). This concludes the examination in public.  All of the documents are click here.

This should mean that the Local Plan is approved early next year.

Isle of Dogs & South Poplar Opportunity Area Planning Framework

The final version of this document has not yet been released although the consultation ended in May 2018. This Framework should contain a detailed infrastructure plan for the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar area when published.

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