Isle of Dogs' Skylines scheme deferred by council

By Rob Virtue on November 9, 2012 11:13 AM |

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Proposals for a development in the Isle of Dogs reaching 50 storeys, which received objections from groups including London City Airport and English Heritage, has been deferred.

Planning officers at Tower Hamlets Council had recommended approval of the 764 apartment Skylines scheme but decided to withdraw it during members questions on Thursday.

Tower Hamlets Council said the scheme would return to the Strategic Development Committee once a more detailed report is produced.

The proposal had drawn criticism from a number of parties in the consultation.

London City objected over the height of the building on safety grounds, while National Grid said the works would "adversely impact the safety and integrity" of its apparatus.

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Thames Water said there was "not sufficient capacity" for waste water infrastructure.

Meanwhile, English Heritage said the construction of Skylines would spoil the view from the World Heritage Site in Greenwich including having an "impact on the panorama from Greenwich Park towards Canary Wharf".

The council's environmental health team complained on air quality and contaminated land grounds, where it said not enough studies had been carried out.

It also said many homes would be uninhabitable due to the noise caused from being so close to the DLR.

Twenty residents also complained about the development on issues ranging from its size to the detrimental impact on local services.

The Limeharbour scheme, put together ZBV (Skylines) Ltd and Skylines (Isle of Dogs) Ltd proposed demolishing 59 small business units and replacing them with seven blocks from two to 50 floors.

The previous application, heard in December 2010, was rejected by the same committee.

For the latest decision on Skylines, which was made in January 2013, click here

3 Comments

Islander said:

The Asda development was also recommended for approval by Tower Hamlets planning officers, then initially rejected by the planning committee, but eventually forced through anyway, despite many objections. I have no doubt that the Skylines scheme will eventually be approved, it seems Tower Hamlets Council planning officers will not be happy until every square inch of the island has been built on.

Anonymous said:

English Heritage's objection that the view from Greenwich would be spoilt is absurd. If anything this would enhance the view.

For better or worse the Isle of Dogs is a high-density area so replacing the current, clearly temporary buildings at Skylines with something better will happen sooner or later. Tower Hamlets Council just need to ensure that the proper facilities get built along with it.

ALocal said:

English Heritage's objection that the view from Greenwich would be spoilt is absurd. If anything this would enhance the view.

For better or worse the Isle of Dogs is a high-density area so replacing the current, clearly temporary buildings at Skylines with something better will happen sooner or later. Tower Hamlets Council just need to ensure that the proper facilities get built along with it.

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