Residents vote in favour of Carpenters Estate redevelopment plans
Alastair Lockhart, LDRS
- Credit: Steve Poston
The 2,000-home redevelopment of a Stratford estate has been given the green light by those who live there.
Current and former residents of Carpenters Estate approved the move in a borough referendum.
There was a 66 per cent turnout in the ballot, including people who had moved away from the estate but now have a ‘right to return’.
The plan was passed with 73pc voting in favour of the regeneration.
Newham Council said that the scheme would turn the community into “a vibrant neighbourhood in the heart of Stratford".
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said that the regeneration of Carpenters Estate was a long time coming.
“After years of false promises and the failures of the past, I am over the moon residents on the Carpenters Estate, including those who have a right to return, have decisively voted to support this people-powered masterplan."
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As well as new homes, 44pc of existing homes will be refurbished and upgraded to make them more eco-friendly, starting this year.
The plans also include a community centre, parks and job opportunities through new shops and amenities.
At least 1,000 of the planned homes will be at social rent levels, making them affordable for residents of one of London’s poorest boroughs.
Ms Fiaz added: “When I became mayor, I put an end to the council’s previous joint venture plans and made a promise to residents to work collaboratively with them on the future of the estate as their advocate who will always be on their side.
“I am excited for its future and for local residents who will benefit from over £1 billion of council investment in high-quality new homes they can afford, and a wonderful community centre which will be the thriving heart of the estate.”