Frequently Asked Questions
A list of our most frequently asked questions is shown below. If you have a question that isn't covered below, you can get in touch at email@example.com
The redevelopment will provide new and improved community facilities, such as a Doctor's Surgery, Pharmacy and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). New high quality open/green spaces that promote social cohesion and provide new affordable homes to the area are also proposed. There will be a fund created of approximately £2m for the estate to spend on improvements, which will be agreed with residents as the consultation progresses. This funding will be for improvements over and above what is planned as part for ongoing maintenance.
The architects, Levitt Bernstein, are working with the community and residents to design a scheme that responds to the existing estate and the wider area. Having looked at aspects such as existing uses, greenspace and massing, ERSG workshops will explore the massing in further detail, as well as the ‘look and feel’ of the building. In conjunction with this, the team has also been carefully looking at the existing area, as well as investigating its local history. Lessons learned from these exercises will also help to inform the design of the buildings and provide a response that is appropriate to the local area. The presentation of the evolving designs can be viewed at exmouthresidents.co.uk
A plan of the redevelopment site can be found at exmouthresidents.co.uk. The proposed area covers from the basketball court to the east of the site, to The George Tavern on the west of the site. From Commercial Road going back to Jamaica Gardens. It does not include the BT building or 9 Exmouth Street as these are not in Swans ownership.
Throughout the consultation you have told us how important green space is, and we are committed to re-providing the green/open space on the estate. The location of some of the green/open space may change, but there will be no loss of the amount of open/green space accessible to the community.
We will make sure that all re-provided ground floor green/open space will be accessible to all residents and the community. As we develop plans, we would expect some spaces to be semi-private for elements of the new build blocks, such as shared roof terraces.
There will be no removal of access gates around the redevelopment site, nor on the wider estate.
We will be looking to minimise the loss of trees; however we may have to remove trees to make way for new affordable homes. Swan is committed to no net loss of number of trees on the Estate, therefore any trees removed will be replaced with the appropriate species.
The basketball court will be relocated within the redevelopment. This facility will be upgraded to a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which will be managed and maintained as a sports facility which is available for use by anyone in the local community.
A MUGA provides space to participate in a range of sports groups or health activities, such as cricket, netball, football and general fitness related games. The MUGA will be maintained and managed as a community facility with agreed opening hours.
The design of the new buildings will all have windows which face out onto the public spaces. This will ensure these areas are overlooked, helping to increase passive surveillance. The design of the new buildings will also focus on active frontages at ground level. This, along with CCTV and well-designed public spaces, will minimise areas where anti-social behaviour may occur.
We will be creating new routes and access ways throughout the development. Appropriate pedestrian and cycle routes will be incorporated into the plans in conjunction with feedback from residents and the Local Authority.
Swan is committed to re-providing all the services that want to stay on the estate. We have been in contact with the commercial tenants to discuss our proposals and to understand whether they want to stay in the area. We will work closely with them as the plans emerge to design areas that will be suitable for these spaces and that will benefit the wider community.
Swan have begun discussions with Social Enterprise UK and the Growth & Enterprise team in Tower Hamlets to understand local priorities and to ensure commercial facilities are accessible for local businesses in the area.
A Wellness Centre would incorporate services that benefit the wellbeing of individuals and the wider community. We are exploring providing an area that could include the GP Surgery, Pharmacy and Carers Centre as well as a new Community Centre and Multi Use Games Area. We want to look after the health and wellbeing of the community with one purpose-built facility.
Swan is in discussions with all the commercial tenants about the potential for them to run their businesses in the new buildings. We are committed to re-providing facilities where they are needed.
The community centre plays an important role for residents around the estate and the wider community. Swan will look to re-provide the Community Centre within the Wellness Centre as part of the redevelopment.
The Social Club forms part of the commercial space on Brayford Square. As plans evolve, discussions will be had with the proprietors of this venue to understand its place in the community and the requirements it may have for relocating.
Swan is working towards providing 250 new affordable homes in the redevelopment area.
The number of new homes was bourne out of density calculations using local and regional planning policies and reference to comparable new housing developments in the local area.
Swan is committed to delivering 100% of the new homes as affordable. This will be as a mixture of socially rented homes and shared ownership homes.
A presentation on heights and massing can be found at exmouthresidents.co.uk. It highlights some of the options on heights and how the buildings could be shaped. The heights of the new buildings will be in alignment with the LBTH planning policies.
The interior of the flats will be designed so, where possible, the main living spaces do not front onto Commercial Road, where this is not possible noise from the road is reduced by the use of winter gardens and walkways which help provide a buffer from the traffic and pollution from the nearby road.
Parking spaces on the site may have to be relocated, but the redevelopment will have minimal impact on the number of spaces currently provided. The scheme will be built as a car free redevelopment.
There will be a slight uplift in the number of parking spaces available on the estate as a requirement from the Local Authority to provide additional spaces for blue badge holders. The location of these spaces will change, but there will be no loss of parking spaces.
The new homes will be provided as car free homes. The site is very well connected by public transport and sits very high on the TfL PTAL (Public Transport Accessibility Level).
We are currently consulting with residents on the estate. Following the consultation Swan will need to submit a Planning Application to LBTH. More information on the planning process can be found here. Subject to planning approval, Swan would expect to see a start on site for the first phase in early 2022, with people moving into new homes in 2024.
Subject to planning approval, we anticipate final handover of homes in mid-2026.
Service charge for the new blocks will be paid for by new tenants living in those homes. Service charges for the wider estate will, as always, be shared amongst all the residents of the Exmouth Estate, including the additional 250 homeowners homes. We would therefore expect estate service charges to reduce with the addition of the new homes.
Swan are consulting with The George Tavern about the redevelopment of Stepney’s nightclub . We are also working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to ensure that the redevelopment does not impact ongoing business of this historic establishment.
Residents can provide feedback in many different ways:
- you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- the website has a feedback form that can be used to share your opinions on the proposals with the project team
- you can contact your Housing Officer who will pass on your questions to the project team and arrange for someone to contact you
- you can approach an ERSG member and ask them to raise questions at the meetings
- you can send in the free post questionnaire that is attached to the recent 'Story so far' document that was posted to your home
- you can attend the consultation event online and hear a brief talk through the proposals and then have the chance to ask questions.
Swan will continue to engage with the ERSG at monthly meetings and we will be holding another Public Consultation event in November. The project team are available to discuss any issues you may have between the meetings and between the consultation events.
We will show you the final plans for the site at the next public consultation event in November. We would then have the final plans presented on our website for the whole community to see at their leisure, prior to a Planning Application in early 2021.