‘Inside Housing’ reports that Westminster Council’s to build homes in Tower Hamlets could be thwarted by a rival bid for the site from a housing association.
“Inside Housing revealed last week that Westminster Council has had discussions with developer R55 about building homes for its homeless families on a site currently owned by Chilton Transport. The site has planning permission for 66 homes.
However, it has now emerged that Circle housing association is also interested in purchasing the site on behalf of Spitalfields Housing Association, a consortium partner under the affordable homes programme. Under its scheme the homes would be let to local people. SHA specialises in providing housing for Bangladeshi families. The plan would receive £2.12 million under AHP.
A spokesperson for Circle confirmed the organisation’s interest. However she added: ‘We are currently in negotiations and cannot share any further details on this at this stage as it would be commercially sensitive information.’
Steve Stride, chief executive of Poplar Harca, who has been heavily critical of Westminster’s plan, said Poplar Harca would only be interested in purchasing the site ‘if the price and opportunity was within our means’.
Kensington and Chelsea Council has also held discussions with Peter¬borough Council to buy land to build on for families who can’t afford to live in the capital.”