Still no news from Tower Hamlets Council about what they intend to do.
Tom Ridge from the East End Waterway Group has been going through the 46 page Justice Ouseleys’ judgment of 4th February 2011.
On Wednesday 9 February, it seems that the judge refused to suspend his quashing of the designation to give the Council time to re-designate the Conservation Area.
The Developer, Trilium, submitted a demolition notice on 3rd February 2011
We still do not know quite what is going on as the LBTH Press Office who promised to look into the Councils position or get the relevant department to respond after our inquiry at 09.10 this morning has not yet got back with any information.
Still unconfirmed by the Council but it seems that at the High Court yesterday (9th February) Mr Justice Ouseley said Tower Hamlets Council has until 16th February to redesignate the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area or appeal against the judgment, on condition that it pays Trillian £5000 per week to cover alleged security costs.
Also late last night demolition contractor’s boards were seen on 307 Burbett Road (presumably Trillian has submitted demolition notice)
admin7 February 10th, 2011
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.
“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.
admin7 February 4th, 2011