Asda site gets go-ahead in spite of fears

By Rob Virtue on October 4, 2012 10:28 AM |

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A decision to reject a controversial 800 home development on top of a supermarket on the Isle of Dogs has been reversed.

Tower Hamlets Council's planning committee had previously turned down the flats, a community centre and new high street at East Ferry Road's Asda because of the low-level of social housing.

However, last Thursday the strategic development committee, following advice from planning officers, decided to overturn the original decision and approve the scheme by developer Ashborne Beech.

Councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town Peter Golds said: "There is a big fear of over development. This is one of 12,900 homes in the Blackwall and Cubitt Town area that's either been approved or is currently waiting for approval."

The plans have provoked criticism ever since they were initially conceived in 2009. The latest proposal is valued at £450million and involves knocking down and rebuilding the supermarket.

Residents have also expressed anger at the scheme as it involves taking away the Island's only petrol station.

The plans will now go to London Mayor Boris Johnson for approval and critics of the development, including the 132 who lodged protests, say the fight is not over.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting last week, councillors unanimously voted to reject a proposal for Orchard Wharf to be revived for cargo handling.

Protesters had complained 200 vehicle movements a day from a concrete batching plant would disrupt the community feel of the area by Trinity Buoy Wharf in East India.

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