Property Development: Isle of Dogs

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Apsana Begum Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department conducted an Equalities Impact Assessment of his decision to grant planning permission for the Westferry Printworks site, PA/18/01877/A1 before Tower Hamlets Council made changes to its Community Infrastructure Levy.

Photo of Apsana Begum Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department conducted an Equalities Impact Assessment of his decision to grant planning permission for the Westferry Printworks site, PA/18/01877/A1.

Photo of Apsana Begum Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of revenue Tower Hamlets’ Council's new Community Infrastructure Levy would have raised for the public purse with regard to the Westferry Printworks site, PA/18/01877/A1 had he not granted planning permission before changes were made to that Levy.

Photo of Apsana Begum Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his decision to grant planning permission for the Westferry Printworks site, PA/18/01877/A1 on the provision of affordable housing in Tower Hamlets.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Secretary of State’s Decision Letter of 14 January and the Inspector’s Report, set out the reasons for the decision, including in relation to the Community Infrastructure Levy and the implications of providing the proposed quantum and type of affordable housing.

The proposed development would have provided nearly 300 new affordable homes and a brand new school for the local community.

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