Housing association to build homes next to Bow DLR station

Optivo has been appointed by Transport for London (TfL) to build a 150-home scheme in Tower Hamlets.

The housing association said that the development will be located on a site next to Bow Church DLR station just south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

The development has not yet been designed but will include “at least” 50% affordable housing, according to Optivo.

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Optivo has been selected by TfL using the Greater London Authority’s ‘London Development Panel 2’ (LDP2). It will now start consultations with the local community before a planning application is submitted.

Improved landscaping, cycling facilities and commercial space will also be provided.

The site is one of more than 50 which are part of TfL’s housing programme, which includes a commitment for schemes to provide an average of 50% affordable housing.

Other firms on LDP2 include Redrow, Notting Hill Genesis, Galliford Try, Berkeley, L&Q and Lendlease.

Optivo’s chief executive Paul Hackett, who is a Housing Today colmnist, was awarded a CBE for services to social housing in the New Year’s honours list.

Also recognised was Optivo resident Monica Barnes, who was awarded an OBE for her voluntary work improving the association’s engagement and involvement of tenants.