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,
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.
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.
admin7 October 9th, 2010
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.
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).
admin7 July 14th, 2010
Posted In: East End Waterway Group
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.
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 [email protected] with “East End Waterway Group” in subject box.
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 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:
Further information or offers of help please email here [email protected] with “East End Waterway Group” in subject box.
East End Waterway Group
admin7 May 29th, 2010
Posted In: East End Waterway Group
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.
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:
East End Waterway Group
email: [email protected] and entitle your e-mail ‘East End Waterway Group’
admin7 April 16th, 2010
Posted In: East End Waterway Group