Bad news from the High Court – Limehouse Conservation Area quashed

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Finally news from the judicial review held on 11th, 12th and 15th November at the Administrative Court Office – Mr Justice Ouseley has delivered his verdict and overturned London Borough of Tower Hamlets designation of the Limehouse Cut as a Conservation Area. This news comes as the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State aproaches the end of the appeal by Indigo Planning on behalf of Telereal Trilium and Telereal (Prime) Property Group Ltd against the Council’s refusal of planning applications ref. PA/09/214 & PA/10/510 .
Consequently, the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE will almost certainly be demolished and several other buildings in the construction area would be under threat and possibly demolished for tall blocks of flats. Most of the historic canalscape on London’s oldest canal would be lost and the canal would become a sunless concrete canyon.

Limehouse Cut Conservation Area


“There is no doubt that the Poplar Employment Exchange has strong local value and is an important East London landmark. If this were a Conservation Area, the dignified neo-Georgian elevations and historic interest of Poplar Employment Exchange would make a positive contribution to its character.”

Hannah Parham – English Heritages Adviser’s Report 1/6/2009.

307 Burdett Road

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307 Former Job Centre – Public Enquiry

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UPDATE FRIDAY 4th FEBRUARY

The appeal continues on into its 4th day today in the Council Chambers on the 1st floor of Mullberry Place – it is possible that a draft judgment will be given today.

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TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990

PUBLIC INQUIRY

AT

Council Chambers, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BG

Commencing on Tuesday 1st February 2011 at 10:00am

REASON FOR INQUIRY

Appeal by Indigo Planning on behalf of Telereal Trilium and Telereal (Prime) Property Group Ltd against the Council’s refusal of planning applications ref. PA/09/214 & PA/10/510

Location:  Former Job Centre Plus, 307 Burdett Road, E14 7DR

For

  1. Full Planning Application for redevelopment of the site involving the erection ofa part 6 and part 11 storey building and lower ground floor level adjacent to Limehouse cut to provide 56 residential units, 658 square metres of commercial floorspace (Use Classes A1/A3 and A4) at ground and lower ground floor level, cycle parking, amenity space and other associated works.
  2. Application for Conservation Area Consent for demolition of existing part 2 and part 3 storey vacant unemployment benefit office building plus basement and a single storey wing at the rear.

An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State under paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 6 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 will attend at the place, date and time shown above to decide the appeal.

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views.  If you or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about the facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact the Council in advance to ensure suitable provisions are in place.

Copies of the appellant’s, proofs of evidence, summaries and statement of common ground can be viewed at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, 5th Floor, Anchorage House, 2 Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BE.  Contact: Jane Jin Tel: 020-7364-6573.

Planning Inspectorate Reference: 

  • APP/E5900/E/10/2131773 (PA/10/510)
  • APP/E5900/E/10/2131760 (PA/09/214)

Contact Point at the Planning Inspectorate: Nicholas Kessler, 3/19 Eagle Wing, Temple
Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN Tel: 01173728000

Owen Whalley

Dated:

Head of Planning & Building Control


Limehouse Cut Conservation Area – JUDICIAL REVIEW

JUDICIAL REVIEW 11, 12 & 15 November 2010 – UPDATE – THE TRIAL FINISHED ON MONDAY 15th  STILL NO VERDICT!

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barriserTrillium (Developers) made two planning applications for the demolition of the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE at 307 Burdett Road, and both were refused by Tower Hamlets Council. One of the reasons for refusing the 2009 application for demolition and replacement by an 11-storey block of flats was that the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area. Trillium responded by starting judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Council’s designation of the conservation area, with a view to having it quashed.

The judicial review will be held on 11 and 12 November at the Administrative Court Office – COURT 2 – by MR JUSTICE OUSELEY

The Queen on the application of Trillium (prime) Property Gp Limited   v London Borough Of Tower Hamlets
Court 2 -The Royal Courts of Justice,
Strand,
London
WC2A 2LL

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It is absolutely essential for local residents and others to attend so that the judges can see the extent of support for the conservation area. The case has now run on into Monday – so please meet up outside by 9.45 am on Monday 15th November 2010 or make your way up to court 2 – 1st floor.

Walk from Holborn to the The Royal Courts of Justice


Should Trillium win in the High Court, the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area would be revoked. Consequently, the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE, and several other buildings in the construction area, would almost certainly be demolished for tall blocks of flats. Most of the historic canalscape on London’s oldest canal would be lost and the canal would become a sunless concrete canyon.


Tower Hamlets residents deliver petition to Telereal Trillium

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On Monday, 25 October 2010 the East End Waterway Group patron Jim Fitzpatrick MP, local historian Tom Ridge and concerned residents delivered a petition with over 900 signatures to Telereal Trillium, the present owners of the POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE at 307 Burdett Road to ask them to:-.

allow the retention and adaptation of the former Poplar Employment Exchange at 307 Burdett Road as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed local people, called the LANSBURY CENTRE

Trillium have made two planning applications for the demolition of the local landmark, and both were refused by Tower Hamlets Council. They have plans to build an 11 storey 56 flat complex on the site.

They are now seeking a judicial review of Tower Hamlets Council’s designation of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area which will be held on 11th and 12th November at the Administrative Court, The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2.





Local residents concerns.

  • Residents are extremely concerned by the high density of the development which is far above the London Plan and that the character of the building would not be in line with existing buildings in the area. Existing buildings would be overlooked by windows and balconies, including the communal garden and children’s play area proposed for the top of the six storey block and sunlight/daylight in these existing buildings would be affected.
  • Residents are also concerned by the potential level of noise nuisance from the restaurant/bar and shops on the ground floor, as they would exacerbate the existing levels of noise, parking, traffic congestion and pollution already in Burdett Road. Also noise from mechanical plant to be used in the buildings would add to this.
  • The development provides too few affordable flats and this did not justify the loss of such an historic local building. The building should be retained and locally protected and remain a memorial to George Lansbury and his campaign against poverty and unemployment.

The councils reasons to refuse the previous application.

  • The proposed development, by virtue of its inappropriate scale, massing, density and design would result in a built form out of keeping with the existing street scene which would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area.
  • The proposed development would result in unacceptable loss of daylight and sunlight to nearby residential properties.
  • The contribution towards education is insufficient to mitigate against the impact of the development.
  • The introduction of a new A3 or A4 use (i.e. retail) at this location on Burdett Road would have an unacceptable impact on neighbouring properties in terms of an unacceptable increase in late-night noise, disturbance and general activity in the locality.
  • The child play space and amenity area in the development is inadequate and inappropriately located to meet the needs of future residents

More news to follow and please see previous posts.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP and local residents in the Trillium reception

Save an East London Landmark

Help save part of the Eastends local history. The Dod Street Employment Office at at 307 Burdett Road.

2 Planning applications for demolition of the old Poplar employment exchange at 307 Burdett Road have already been refused by Tower Hamlets Council, now the sites owners are taking our council to the High Court in an effort to overturn the decision.


“There is no doubt that the Poplar Employment Exchange has strong local value and is an important East London landmark. If this were a Conservation Area, the dignified neo-Georgian elevations and historic interest of Poplar Employment Exchange would make a positive contribution to its character.”

Hannah Parham – English Heritages Adviser’s Report 1/6/2009.


Limehouse Cut Conservation Area

East End Waterway Group will be presenting a petition to Telereal Trillium (the developers) on Monday 25 October 2010 at 11.00 am – 140 London Wall (on Bastion Highwalk – East Side of Museum of London – Nearest Tube St Pauls) Click to see map


We, the undersigned local residents and others ask Trillium (Prime) Property Group Ltd to allow the retention and adaptation of the former poplar employment exchange at 307 Burdett Road as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed local people, called THE LANSBURY CENTRE



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Just to remind those who would occupy the few planned affordable apartments they are members of the proletariat and that those who can afford it don’t want to literally live with them, the proposed development has two separate entrances.

East End Waterway Group – Newsletter October 2010

JUDICIAL REVIEW 11 and 12 November 2010

Trillium (Developers) made two planning applications for the demolition of the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE at 307 Burdett Road, and both were refused by Tower Hamlets Council. One of the reasons for refusing the 2009 application for demolition and replacement by an 11-storey block of flats was that the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area. Trillium responded by starting judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Council’s designation of the conservation area, with a view to having it quashed.

The judicial review will be held on 11 and 12 November at Administrative Court Office
The Royal Courts of Justice,
Strand,
London
WC2A 2LL

It is absolutely essential for local residents and others to attend so that the judges can see the extent of support for the conservation area. Please meet up outside by 9.45 am on Thursday 11 November 2010; and, if necessary, please also attend on Friday 12 November.

Should Trillium win in the High Court, the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area would be revoked. Consequently, the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE, and several other buildings in the construction area, would almost certainly be demolished for tall blocks of flats. Most of the historic canalscape on London’s oldest canal would be lost and the canal would become a sunless concrete canyon.

We cannot say or do anything in the High Court but we can at least try to present our petition asking Trillium to allow the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE to be retained and adapted as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed people, called the Lansbury Centre.

Sitting on your terrace, enjoying breakfast and watching the boats pass by your balcony as the sunlight catches the water, it can be easy to forget that you're living in the heart of London......!!

Public Inquiry

Trillium also appealed to the Planning Inspectorate with respect to both refusals and it has just been announced that there will be a full public inquiry after the judicial review and possibly in February 2011. Of course, should the Council lose in the High Court, one of the main reasons for refusal would be removed. A third planning application would be likely, and the Council might prefer to grant planning permission for the demolition and replacement of the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE, rather than risk having to bear all the costs of a full public inquiry.

East End Waterway – Olympic Boat Service

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British Waterways is currently seeking a commercial operator to run a boat service from a new moorings at Limehouse Basin, along the Limehouse Cut and up the River Lea to a floating pontoon at Three Mills and on to a terminus below Old Ford Locks for the Olympic Park. BW and its partners London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Olympic Delivery Authority would like the service to start before the 2012 Olympics. The route may be seen below and a large version here. The LTGDC-funded pontoon at Three Mills is at our proposed waterbus stop no. 11 and the BW-funded terminus is at our proposed waterbus stop no. 9.

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This is very good news as it could be the start of EAST END WATERWAYS. However, we hope that the operator’s boats will have hybrid engines (diesel and electric) to minimise pollution of the Borough’s ‘green’ waterways; and that their boats will stop at our intermediate waterbus stops on the Limehouse Cut and River Lea (nos. 15, 14, 13, 12 and 10) for the benefit of local residents and others. If not during the Olympics, then before and after. We also hope that the commercial operator will employ local residents, especially as the service develops into our proposed two-way waterbus service and there is a need for more waterbus staff, lock keepers and maintenance staff. In particular, for the overnight recharging of batteries.

Obviously, a large overnight mooring basin will be needed for the waterbus fleet and the good news is that such a facility could be incorporated at the ODA’s proposed marina on the Hackney Cut in Fish Island East (in LBTH between waterbus stops nos. 8 and 9) and/or at the proposed basin on the Limehouse Cut in Cotall Street / Bartlett Park (just east of waterbus stop no. 14). Also staff training facilities at the overnight mooring basin and at the proposed Lansbury Centre 307 Burdett Road (other side of A1205 from waterbus stop no. 15).

East End Waterway Group (June Update)

Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with British Waterways, Tower Hamlets Council and others for the protection and beneficial use of the six mile waterway ‘ring’, its historic buildings, structures and habitats.


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Please download the Trillium petition and get as many signatures as possible in the coming weeks.

As you complete each sheet, please post them to EAST END WATERWAY GROUP, c/o J-Go Training Ltd, Railway Arch 420, Burdett Road, London, E3 4AA. When we have a good number, the plan is for a group of us to formally present the petition to Mr. Ross Fraser, the President of Trillium, at its headquarters in London Wall.

For SAVE 307 stickers, further information or offers of help please email here info@j-goltd.com with “East End Waterway Group” in subject box.


307 DEMOLITION REFUSED

Trillium’s application (PA/10/00510) for conservation area consent to demolish the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE at 307 Burdett Road was refused by Tower Hamlets Council on 5 May 2010. The reasons for refusal are

1.       The demolition of the Neo-Georgian building is contrary to PPS5: Planning and the Historic Environment, policies 4B.4, 4B.11 and 4B.12 of the London Plan (2008), saved policy DEV28 of the adopted Unitary Development Plan 1998, policies CP49, CON1 and CON2 of the Interim Planning Guidance(2007) and SP10 of the Core Strategy Submission Version December 2009. These policies seek to conserve heritage assets and preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the conservation areas in that:

  • The Neo-Georgian Building makes a positive architectural contribution to the street scene of Burdett Road and contributes to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area. As such the proposed demolition would entirely remove a valuable historic asset and its loss would not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area.
  • The proposal to demolish the building fails to consider that heritage assets are a non-renewable resource. No structural survey or other justification for the demolition of a building which appears capable of retention and repair has been provided and no indication of the costs of its repair or maintenance have been provided. It is considered that the building is in a reasonable state of repair and capable of continued use.

The building has been vacant since 2006 and insufficient information has been provided in respect of the marketing carried out. Furthermore, insufficient information regarding options to retain the building for use, whether for that purpose or for other uses compatible with its conservation, has been provided.

2.       In the absence of an approved planning permission for the re-development of the existing buildings, the demolition of 307 Burdett Road would leave an undeveloped site which would represent a blight on the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area, contrary to PPS5: Planning and the Historic Environment, policies 4B.4, 4B.11 and 4B.12 of the London Plan (2008), saved policy DEV28 of the adopted Unitary Development Plan 1998, policies CP49, CON1 and CON2 of the Interim Planning Guidance(2007) and SP10 of the Core Strategy Submission Version December 2009 which seek to ensure demolition and development within Conservation Areas respects the character and appearance of those areas.

This welcome decision by planning officers is in line with last September’s decision by the Strategic Development Committee to refuse Trillium’s previous application for demolition and replacement at 307 Burdett Road. It also indicates the Council’s determination to defend its designation of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area in the High Court, if and when Trillium’s challenge is heard in the High Court.

All our objections must have contributed to the refusal of PA/10/00510. In addition to my letter of objection on behalf of the EAST END WATERWAY GROUP (see newsletter no. 3), the Council received:

  • a copy of the Trillium petition with 341 signatures
  • an email objection from 36 local residents
  • a dozen or so letters from individual residents
  • several letters from amenity organisations and societies

We have now got to prepare for the judicial review in the High Court, and demonstrate our wish to see 307 Burdett Road retained and adapted as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed local people.

Tom Ridge

Further information or offers of help please email here info@j-goltd.com with “East End Waterway Group” in subject box.

East End Waterway Group

East End Waterway Group

East End Waterway


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As an alternative to cars and overcrowded buses, we would all benefit from a new public transport system going round the Regent’s Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Hackney Cut, River Lea, Limehouse Cut and Limehouse Basin.  Called East End Waterways, this would be a commercially operated regular two-way, eco-friendly waterbus service; with stops at bridges for local residents, workers, students and tourists.

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British Waterways is setting up Limehouse Quay in Limehouse Basin for passenger boats along the Limehouse Cut to the Olympic Park, and for restaurants and other boats. Fortunately J-go Training Ltd has expressed interest (on behalf of Concordia Partnership, an intercultural consortium of third sector organisations) in providing an educational training community boat service from Limehouse Quay. It is hoped that this will also encourage a commercial operator to run East End Waterways, employing local people and providing an alternative form of local transport for all, which also takes local residents and tourists to all the places of interest: such as the Ragged School Museum, Mile End Park, Bow Wharf, Victoria Park, Fish Island, Olympic Park, Three Mills and the proposed Lea River Park. Download route info here

Obviously, the historic buildings, structures and habitats must be protected and enhanced where necessary. Fortunately, Tower Hamlets Council has good green and blue grid policies and about three-quarters of the ‘ring’ is now in conservation areas. Limehouse Basin is in its own conservation area and most of the Hertford Union Canal is in the Victoria Park CA. The Council has recently designated the Fish Island CA (near Hackney Cut and on the west bank of the River Lea), Limehouse Cut CA and Regent’s Canal CA.

The Limehouse Cut opened in 1770 and is London’s first canal. On the advice of English Heritage, the new CA includes the former Poplar Employment Exchange at 307 Burdett Road. The site for this was acquired and the Neo-Georgian building was designed when George Lansbury MP was the First Commissioner of Works in the 1929-31 Labour government. Clearly this historic building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut CA.

Permission for its demolition and replacement by yet another block of flats was refused by the Council’s Strategic Development Committee. Unfortunately, the owner /applicant TRILLIUM (PRIME) PROPERTY GROUP LTD is now seeking a judicial review of the Council’s recently designated Limehouse Cut CA, with the intention of having it quashed. We must therefore, send letters and a petition to TRILLIUM asking them to reconsider their judicial review and instead work with the Council and others to allow the retention and adaptation of the building as a training and social enterprise centre called the LANSBURY CENTRE. As such, the building would be a living memorial to George Lansbury MP and his campaigns against poverty and unemployment. As soon as possible would you please:

  • Join East End Waterway Group by emailing or sending a brief message of support
  • Send a letter to TRILLIUM on behalf of your organisation with a copy to East End Waterway Group (Mr Ross Fraser, President, Trillium (Prime) Property Group Ltd, Bastion House, 140 London Wall, London EC2Y 5DN)

Tom Ridge

East End Waterway Group

email: info@j-goltd.com and entitle your e-mail ‘East End Waterway Group’