Contrary to the allegation that EeH initiated the proposal to carry out a feasibility study on redevelopment options, it was the resident estate board for Holland estate that requested the feasibility work and approved the report which set out the scope of the study.
Appended to this statement are the minutes of the Holland estate board meeting held on 11 February 2014 which show that the residents estate board approved the report on commencing a feasibility study on potential redevelopment options for the BBBC blocks and Wheler House.
Also appended to this statement is the report prepared for and approved by the estate board.
Prior to and after this approval by the resident estate board, a progress update on the feasibility study was reported to each meeting of the estate board and the residents estate regeneration sub group. At no point, up to the meeting held in December 2014, were EastendHomes asked to abandon the feasibility work, which by that time had reached the stage where consultation on a redevelopment option could take place with all tenants and leaseholders on the estate.
It has been alleged that EeH has already taken the decision to demolish and redevelop the estate and that a planning application has already been submitted to Tower Hamlets Council.
These allegations are not true.
The progress reports to the estate board make it very clear that preliminary discussions with Tower Hamlets planning department would be necessary in order to obtain the views of the planning authority on potential options. This preliminary meeting is the only meeting that has taken place with planners.
Current progress on the feasibility work and consultation indicates that it is likely to be a number of months before the final report, including the outcome of resident consultation, can be produced for the EeH Board.
Only when this report is considered by the EastendHomes Board can decisions begin to be made regarding options.