Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are you proposing? 

We are proposing to provide co-living homes and co-living workspace on the site presently occupied by offices. 

How many of the homes will be affordable? 

This will be discussed with the council’s planning team. We will provide a report that demonstrates the various costs involved in building the homes and the likely revenues – this is called a Viability Report. This will be carefully analysed by the council’s own consultants. The nature of co-living arrangements means that, in all likelihood, the developer will make a financial contribution for the provision of affordable homes elsewhere. 

Will there be parking? 

The borough’s planning policy aspires to lower the levels of private car usage. Therefore, the development will be ‘car-free’ – this means, residents will not be eligible for permits to park on local streets. 

How many of the homes will be wheelchair accessible? 

10% of the homes will be wheelchair accessible. 

Who makes the decision on the application? 

The council’s planning team will analyse all the application documents and plans that will be submitted as part of the application. All these will be available to view on the council’s website once the application has been submitted. The summary of their analysis will be presented to a group of elected councillors – the Strategic Development Committee. At a meeting open to the public, they will hear a summary of the application from the planning officers and will also hear from supporters and objectors. They will then decide whether or not the application should be approved. The meeting will either be online or in person depending on the situation at the time. 

When will the application be submitted to the council and when will the decision be made? 

The application has now been submitted. Here is a link to the documents. The council are expected to take up to 13 weeks to make a decision on the application. 

When will construction start? 

The date that construction starts depends when the local council make their decision. We expect a final decision from the local council in Summer 2022. If permission is granted, this would result in construction starting in 2023. 

Will construction be noisy? 

Modern construction methods tend to be less noisy than in the past. Whilst there will inevitably be some disturbance, the hours of operation will be limited by the council to 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. The selected contractor will be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 

Will the proposals be ‘Secured by Design’? 

The proposals will be examined by the Metropolitan Police Service’s ‘Secured by Design’ team that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit. 

I am unable to make the online Q&A sessions. Will there be an opportunity to view them at a later date? 

Yes, videos of the online Q&A sessions will be made available on this website shortly after the final event. 

Are there any other ways I can have my say on the proposals? 

Yes, please call our freephone number 0800 955 1042 between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email us at or write to our freepost address Freepost RTXU-JGSR-KHLE, Node/Marsh Wall, Your Shout, 28 China Works, London SE1 7SJ. Tower Hamlets Council will also hold their own statutory consultation, following the submission of a planning application.