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Works have already begun!

Tower Hamlets Council are in full support of the regeneration of Chrisp Street market, and the significant positive impact it will bring to the area, its residents and the wider borough. As such, in June 2020 the Council used its powers under Section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to acquire the land at Chrisp Street for planning purposes, to enable works to start without the fear of hold-ups due to minor objections. All residents and traders directly affected were consulted by the Council’s Housing Regeneration Team regarding the acquisition.  

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What does the s.203 mean for me?

The s203 allows the variation of access rights to properties within the scheme.  It means that when access to service roads or shop or residential entrances are changed or restricted due to construction, those adversely affected may be able to claim compensation rather than having to get an injunction to stop the work, which would cause delay to the project.

The council is using its powers to secure a CPO (compulsory purchase order) – which is expected to be made in October. All directly affected parties have been made aware of the CPO and the Council has invited affected residents and traders to meetings to ensure that they understand its implications and their rights under the law. 

Below is a plan of the area that is covered by the CPO. Please note that not all properties within the red line will be purchased, e.g. there is no intention to purchase the Festival of Britain residential properties on Market Way, Market Square or Kerbey Street.

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It has always been our aim to reach negotiated settlements with both traders and residents, and in the vast majority of cases this approach has proved very successful. 

What is a CPO?

A Compulsory Purchase Order is when the government or Councils in certain circumstances have a Statutory Right to buy your property or other land interest or create a right over it. In order to exercise such rights the body must meet set criteria as laid down by statute, in particular the authority must prove the purchase is in the public interest.


Statutory bodies who apply for Orders are usually government or local government departments, water or electricity companies. An Applicant does not have power to acquire the land until the appropriate steps have been taken to confirm the Compulsory Purchase Order. The Applicants are also encouraged to agree with the landowner to acquire the land/interests rather than attempting to acquire by compulsion. Only when an agreement cannot be reached will the body need to move forward with implementing a Compulsory Purchase Order.


Full guidance of how a CPO works can be found here: 

Relevant Downloads:
The following are examples of the letters commercial and residential tenants have received in recent months with regard to the CPO

CPO Letter 1

CPO Letter 2

CPO Letter 3

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