This evening I took part in a 3 hour plus Newham Council Local Development Committee (LDC) meeting (small scale planning). There were 20 applications to consider.
There were 3 applications by Newham Council regeneration team for new build developments on the site of a former housing office in Romford Road and by knocking down disused garages in Forest Gate and Plaistow.
22 new Council homes - all of which will be at London Affordable rent including family units and wheelchair accessible.
We also approved a temporary assessment centre for rough sleepers. I spoke to the committee on how we have to be able to not only offer a bed to rough sleepers but get them assessed by trained staff who can arrange appropriate medical help and support in keep them off the streets.
Finally, we approved a brand new 27 unit emergency family accommodation block.
Newham Council's development company "Red Doors Ventures" is already building new homes on 8 sites with another 3 sites were work is expected to start soon. We are on target to reach the Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, manifesto commitment of 1000 new council homes at council rents by end of her first term.
At the next LDC meeting there will be a 5 further Newham Council new build housing applications