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Mayor of London gives go ahead for next phase of Aberfeldy transformation


Life-changing improvements for the Aberfeldy community have been given the green light; including 1,500 new homes – 39% affordable – new green spaces, workspaces and improved connections.

The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills (acting under delegated powers from the Mayor of London) has approved the next phase of our 20-year transformation of Aberfeldy Village at a call-in hearing at City Hall on 26 January 2024.

We are driving plans to deliver over 1,500 much needed new homes on the Aberfeldy estate in partnership with  EcoWorld London.  It will also deliver new community amenities, a revitalised high street, new green spaces and play areas, and improvements to local parks. The project will increase connectivity by creating safe, sustainable transport options.

Aberfeldy residents have been key in shaping the plans, with affordable housing prioritised for local people. 39% of the new homes will be affordable, of which 89% will be social rent. Our tenants who want to stay on the estate can all move to new homes, with a guarantee of social rents.

The masterplan will also deliver resident priorities for new and improved public open space and a revitalised local high street, with new shops and cafés, and new workspace for local businesses.

The proposals include:

  • 1,500 new homes, 39% affordable. 89% of the affordable homes will be social rent, with 46% family-sized with 3 or more bedrooms.
  • 3,550 sqm of new public open space – the equivalent to 18 tennis courts – including a new square, Highland Place, Nairn Park.
  • Improvements existing open spaces at Millennium Green, Leven Road, Braithwaite Park and Jolly’s Green.
  • 2,300 sqm of commercial space, and 2,600 sqm of workspace.
  • 8,600sqm of green space including 5,000 sqm play space and 4,500 sqm of playable landscape.
  • A repurposed Abbott Road underpass, safely connecting the Estate for pedestrians and cyclists.

The overwhelming community support for the proposals, including 960 letters, 3,100 messages, and 1,200 positive comments on the Greater London Authority portal, illustrate the role residents have, and will continue to have, in developing plans.

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“On behalf of our Aberfeldy community, I am grateful to London’s Mayor for taking this decision. The majority of Aberfeldy Residents support these plans, and for many years have been making sure they reflect community priorities.

Poplar HARCA is looking forward to continuing to work with our community to deliver not only much-needed new affordable homes, but also beautiful open spaces; community, faith, and health facilities; and new shops.”

Steve Stride, Chief Executive at Poplar HARCA

“We’re so pleased with the Mayor of London’s decision to proceed with this next phase as we know what this will mean to the people of Aberfeldy. It has been an honour to work with the community so closely to get this over the line, hearing why they are so happy to call Aberfeldy home. We’re proud of the positive change that we, our partners and Tower Hamlets Council have delivered so far, and we’re excited that this decision will enable change to continue.”

Lisa Gledhill, Managing Director of EcoWorld London