Why do this? why set up a new lower layer of local government?
- As you can see from the table below Tower Hamlets population has grown rapidly in recent years and is forecast to continue to grow (calculated pre-COVID).
- This is now the densest place in western Europe, with the tallest residential buildings and more coming as 57% of all new housing in Tower Hamlets has to be built on the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar according to the Councils new Local Plan 2031. Even with COVID it is likely that the population will increase due to the new residential buildings.
- As a result we will have unique issues to deal with and will need unique solutions.
- But Tower Hamlets Council offices are moving to Whitechapel in 2022 further from this area meaning Council officers will have less knowledge of this area then they do today (they are based today at Mulberry Place next to East India DLR station).
- So how can we continue to grow, continue to change while Tower Hamlets is becoming increasingly different, large areas of low rise low density buildings with a dense mass of high density tall buildings in a geographically small area with a river on 3 sides?
Pictures from a Tower Hamlets Council 3D model of what the area might look like in the future, it is why we wrote a Neighbourhood Plan to deal with the scale of development coming.