Views sought on 15-year Whitechapel revamp

An artist's impression of what the civic hub might look like
Image caption An artist's impression of what the civic hub might look like

Residents in Whitechapel, east London, are being asked for their views on plans to revamp the area creating 3,500 homes and an estimated 5,000 jobs.

Included in the 15-year plan is the Med-City life science research campus at Queen Mary University and New Royal London Hospital.

Plans also include seven new public spaces and squares.

Residents have until 4 November to comment, after which initial plans will be submitted for approval.

Image caption Plans have been drawn up to show what the area might look like in 2025

The council said 35% of the planned homes would be "affordable".

"Overcrowding and waiting lists for social housing in Tower Hamlets remain persistently high at approximately 22,000 in 2013," according to the council.

"The local population will significantly benefit from additional modern housing provision."

A new "civic hub" is planned which will re-use older buildings and provide new routes to the High Street with a connection to the Whitechapel Crossrail station, expected to open in 2018.

Plans also include a local media hub and an improved street market.

'Vibrant and successful'

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman said: "Over the next decade, as the centre of London moves east, Whitechapel is uniquely placed to benefit from increased investment and development, to become a key destination within London.

"We started this process as we know these developments are place-changing and give an unprecedented opportunity to develop and design a vibrant and successful new area for London."

Councillor Rabina Khan, the council's cabinet member for housing said: "Whitechapel Vision is an exciting plan to improve and enhance this vibrant area of the borough.

"It sets out a number of key upgrades which will provide long term benefits for our residents through affordable housing, new community facilities and employment opportunities."

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