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On Friday 26th January, local residents came together with the church community of St George-in-the East to celebrate progress of the 7-year campaign for affordable homes on Cable Street, Shadwell, and to make renewed calls for the project to be delivered.

The celebration marked the latest stage in the campaign led by St George-in-the East, as part of Tower Hamlets Citizens, to secure the delivery of affordable housing for 41 families via a community land trust development.

The project will help address the significant housing needed in Tower Hamlets. Figures from 2021 show that in Tower Hamlets, 1 in 6 people live in overcrowded accommodation, with the need for new housing developments being acutely felt by members of the community.

Bishop Sarah

Over 100 local residents gathered by the site, which is a 2-minute walk from St George-in-the East, alongside the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, and the London Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley. They were joined by students from St Paul’s Whitechapel, a local Church of England primary school, and members of the East London and Darul Ummah Mosques, all of whom have given vital support to the campaign as it has progressed.

Local residents shared testimony of the struggles they face in securing affordable housing, and a prayer was offered by Bishop Sarah in commemoration of the campaign’s progress.

Read more on the Diocese of London’s webpage.