Residents First

Tower Hamlets People Network

EAST END WATERWAY GROUP

COUNCIL-OWNED BUILDINGS FOR SALE AND DEMOLITION IN TOWER HAMLETS

Mayor John Biggs and his Cabinet agreed on 3 November 2015 to dispose of several council-owned buildings to finance a new Civic Centre at the old London Hospital, to replace the present Town Hall, which has to be vacated by 2020.

Most if not all the buildings will be purchased by high-volume house builders for demolition and replacement by blocks of flats.  We are not opposed to the disposals but particularly concerned by the loss of:

CHEVIOT HOUSE   COMMERCIAL ROAD

WORKHOUSE BUILDING   SOUTHERN GROVE

Both are good, well-built historic buildings capable of being adapted for residential use.

An illustrated note on each building has been sent to Mayor John Biggs with a request that a condition requiring adaptation for residential use is attached to the sale particulars for each building; and that each building is added to LBTH’s Local List.  The requests need to be supported by as many residents and non-residents as possible, so

PLEASE READ THE NOTE ABOUT EACH BUILDING COMPLETE AND SEND THE RELEVANT STANDARD LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND TWO COUNCILLORS ASAP.

Please also send copies to Cllr. Denise Jones and Cllr. Andrew Cregan and [email protected] – preferably by the local plan consultation date 8 February 2016 (see below about the new local plan) – so that each building can be considered for addition to the Local List, in advance of the local list review to be carried out under the new local plan.

To help save Cheviot House and the workhouse building and other threatened buildings, please (if you haven’t already done so) read NEW LOCAL PLAN FOR TOWER HAMLETS in the January 2016 Newsletter and send answers to two questions (using prepared answers to question 2) by consultation deadline of 8 February 2016, to get improved built heritage protection started as soon as possible.

Tom Ridge

East End Waterway Group

Email the Council about the Southern Grove Workhouse

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DISPOSAL OF WORKHOUSE BUILDING SOUTHERN GROVE

With reference to Tom Ridge’s January 2016 illustrated note about the history and importance of the workhouse building (sent to you on 3 February 2016); and because

It is a good, well-built and substantial historic building which will not need reinforcement for residential use
Its considerable embodied energy should be retained
It is in reasonably good condition and capable of adaptation for residential use
It is a valuable part of the Borough’s built heritage and should be retained in the context of the emerging Local Plan which acknowledges the need for an seeks to improve protection of the Borough’s built heritage

I/We request that LBTH attaches a condition to the sale particulars for the 1871/1898 workhouse building in Southern Grove for its retention, sympathetic repair and adaptation for residential use

I/We request that the building is added to LBTH’s Local List

NAME(S):
DATE:
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Email the Council Cheviot House

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DISPOSAL OF CHEVIOT HOUSE 227-233 COMMERCIAL ROAD

With reference to Tom Ridge’s January 2016 illustrated note about the history and importance of the Cheviot House (sent to you on 3 February 2016); and because

It is a good, well-built and substantial historic building which will not need reinforcement for residential use
Its considerable embodied energy should be retained
It is in reasonably good condition and capable of adaptation for residential use
It is a valuable part of the Borough’s built heritage and should be retained in the context of the emerging Local Plan which acknowledges the need for an seeks to improve protection of the Borough’s built heritage

I/We request that LBTH attaches a condition to the sale particulars for Cheviot House 227-233 Commercial Road for its retention, sympathetic repair and adaptation for residential use

I/We request that the building is added to LBTH’s Local List, together with the other representative buildings in the East End ladies’ tailoring quarter and the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street, and all included in a new conservation area.

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February 6th, 2016

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