741 new homes join heritage landmark at Bromley-by-Bow
An east London heritage landmark is to get new neighbours, as plans for 741 new homes get the go ahead at Three Mills, home to the world’s oldest tidal mill.
The approved plans, from social landlords East Thames and Southern Housing Group, will bring new homes, commercial space and improved riverside walkways to Bromley-by-Bow, on the southern fringes of the Olympic Park.
Homes on the development will be built to generous space standards, and will be available for rent, shared ownership and private sale. Almost 50 per cent of those available for rent and shared ownership will be large, family sized properties of three bedrooms or more.
The development site is situated at Hancock Road and Three Mills Lane and is partly located within the Three Mills Conservation Area, next to the Grade I listed House Mill, so special consideration has been given to the area’s rich heritage. New buildings will be set back 55 metres from listed buildings while the homes will be designed with a Victorian warehouse aesthetic that reflects the area’s industrial heritage and compliments the existing character and appearance of the area.
In addition to the new homes, and to guarantee the area’s successful regeneration, plans for the site include improvements to the existing A12 pedestrian subway and a new bus bridge over the River Lea to improve access to transport hubs and the amenities at the nearby Strand East development. A significant upgrade to the River Lea’s towpath will take place, providing the local community with greater access to the river, ecological and biodiversity improvements and new public open spaces. And to maintain economic activity in the area, 10,000m2 of commercial space will be developed.
The development is expected to generate more than 350 new jobs and will provide local labour and training opportunities through the development’s construction and via successful employment and training programmes already run by both East Thames and Southern Housing Group.
Joy Millet, Strategic Projects Manager at East Thames, said: “We are delighted that the plans for Bromley-by-Bow have been given the go ahead. This site is key to the ongoing regeneration of the Three Mills area and the wider regeneration around the Olympic Park. We have listened to and taken on board a lot feedback and we are confident that the design will compliment the fantastic heritage of the area and create a stunning place to live.”
Martina Kennedy, Regional Development Manager for Southern Housing Group, said: “The development at Bromley-by-Bow not only provides new homes and business space, it will also improve pedestrian, cycle and bus routes, create new public open spaces and increase access to the river and to amenities in nearby Stratford and East Strand. We are using the combined expertise of both Southern Housing Group and East Thames to create a community that local people can really enjoy.”