A significant Olympics scheme got the go-ahead last night from the Olympic Development Authority after five years of toing and froing. It’s interesting in part because I am assured that the group behind the plans are a genuine East End business collective. Aitch Group, which fronts the plans, is apparently so-called because its founders name begins with an H and so he has become known as “Aitch”.
Anyway last night an Aitch Group led group gained final consent for a major residential-led scheme on Stratford high street overlooking the Olympic Park.
The ODA has formally issued permission for the residential-led scheme, which comprises two towers of 35 and 15 storeys linked by a four-storey podium block. The scheme will include 191 private apartments and commercial start-up units on the lower storeys.
The Aitch consortium will now consider whether to sell on the site or develop itself.
Planning consultant Montagu Evans and architect Jestico & Whiles have been advising on the development of the gateway. This has involved extensive discussions with the two statutory authorities – Newham council and the ODA.
Given the proposed height and prominence of the site, the parties have had to undertake extensive consultations and discussions with statutory and non-statutory bodies such as CABE, the Environment Agency, British Waterways, and the Greater London Authority.
A landscaped public space will be created on the riverside – River Lee & Bow Back Rivers – with pedestrian routes through the site linking to the existing footbridge to the surrounding area, including Stratford High Street.
The ground and first floors of both blocks will contain commercial spaces, with a two-storey gym in the base of the taller building.