Residents First

Tower Hamlets People Network

STOP FAKE HERITAGE AND HELP SAVE THE ORIGINAL ROOF AND VENTILATION TOWER AND THE VETERAN BLACK MULBERRY TREE AT THE FORMER LONDON CHEST HOSPITAL

The petition is very long but it summarises the new information and further research from the even longer letter of objection.

Historic England needs to change its advice, in line with the new information and further research, because both Tower Hamlets and the Planning Inspectorate are guided by its statutory advice, which currently supports the demolition and replacement of the roof and the ventilation tower; and the list entry description for the recently - listed Grade II building states that the black mulberry tree is not a veteran tree. (NB: The Government's Planning Inspectorate makes the final decision if Crest Nicholson appeals against a refusal by Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets could itself take account of the new information and further research but is unlikely to do so without this petition.

Tower Hamlets (LBTH) also needs to be 'put on notice' so that if it fails to carry out any of its duties under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), there can be a judicial review of its planning permission.

SAVE Britain's Heritage and a local resident have already written to LBTH and HE, and The Victorian Society has written to LBTH but the petition needs to be signed by as many people as possible; and as soon as possible so that Historic England and Tower Hamlets can respond positively to the petition before Crest Nicholson's application goes to the LBTH planning committee in June or July.

The petition is not an objection to the planning application so can be signed by people who have already objected and/or signed a petition.

There are already about 370 objections and if you have not already done so, please send a short e-mail to [email protected] objecting to the demolition and replacement of the roof and the ventilation tower and the relocation of the veteran black mulberry tree; and other matters of concern.

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Please provide your friends/members/media contact with the link to the online petition and, if possible include the background information.

Click these links for background information - Tom Ridge's 2 March 2018 letter of objection to Tower Hamlets and the 16 April 2018 amendments please go to residents first/