Newham Council’s Cabinet has agreed to allocate £6m for the next step of the proposed regeneration of its estates in Canning Town.
Newham Council’s Cabinet has agreed to allocate £6m for the next step of the proposed regeneration of its estates in Canning Town. The funding will pay for the appointment, through a vigorous procurement process, of a design team. Working in close collaboration with Canning Town residents and community, the design team will co-design a masterplan for the regeneration proposals and then take it through the planning process.
The Canning Town regeneration project is part of the wider Custom House and Canning Town regeneration area and the development of these final phases in Canning Town will bring an increase in much needed affordable homes and create a new neighbourhood, co-designed and co-produced with existing residents, with improved connections to the town centre at Barking Road and Hallsville Quarter.
The Council has been working closely with the residents concerned since summer 2019. These residents are represented by the Canning Town Steering Group, which acts as a sounding board for the Council and ensures that both it and the contractors working for it engage with the residents and consider the needs of the community throughout the regeneration programme. Residents will take part in the procurement process for the design team, whose two year appointment is planned for the end of 2021.
Rokhsana Fiaz, the Mayor of Newham, said: ‘Allocating this significant funding is another testament to our agenda of delivering change to benefit Newham residents and build genuinely affordable homes our people need. It’s also another example of us being bold in our actions to improve people’s lives. What is happening in Canning Town, as well as at Carpenters in Stratford and at Custom House, is co-production and co-design in action thanks to crucial decisions being taken together with residents – which is an important process of challenge, collaboration and courageous conversations that help us all think outside of the box. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Resident Steering Group and the Regeneration Team accelerating the much needed revitalisation of this important neighbourhood for our community in Canning Town. The regeneration will only go ahead if residents vote for it in a ballot which we expect to take place next year and that is exactly how it should be, as part of the collaborative ethos with our residents that we put in place back in 2018.”