By the mid 1970s local people were beginning to feel increasingly marginalised. Residents came together and created a community plan which prioritised people, homes and community facilities.
In 1977 plans to build Europe’s tallest hotel and over 1 million square feet of office space in the area had been announced. Coin Street Action Group was set up in response. The group and drew up plans for housing, a new riverside park and walkway, shops and leisure facilities. Seven years of campaigning, and two year-long public inquiries followed.
The Greater London Council (GLC) originally supported plans for office development. But, in 1981 it threw its weight behind the community scheme. Coin Street Community Builders was established and bought the 13-acre site from the GLC for £1 million in 1984.