Rough ride expected for City Pride proposal
Developers planning to build a huge tower on the site of the City Pride pub have been warned to scale down their proposals after Tower Hamlets Council rejected the nearby Skylines Village due to concerns over its size.
The borough's planning committee voted five to none last week to reject the 764-unit scheme for Limeharbour.
The decision came after the Greater London Authority said it was concerned density figures exceeded those in the London Plan guidance.
Despite planning officers raising no objection to the developer's plans, councillors agreed with the GLA. They also cited worries over reduction of daylight for nearby residents and overstretched health services.
Cllr Peter Golds, who spoke against the application on behalf of Isle of Dogs residents, said developer ZBV (Skylines) Ltd and Skylines (Isle of Dogs) had to be more realistic.
"If they were to come back with less scale, less density and a more user friendly scheme they might get somewhere," he said.
"This was 25 per cent over the density recommended in the London Plan. That's enormous. If they come back with something even a bit nearer the London Plan they could have a chance."
After the meeting, the Conservative councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town said the decision spelt trouble for City Pride.
Plans for the 75-storey development of 864 units and 84 serviced apartments were submitted to Tower Hamlets Council earlier this month.
Also put forward by developer Chalegrove Properties is a 173-apartment building at nearby Island Point, which will be for social rented and affordable housing.
He said: "City Pride will be the real test on the Isle of Dogs. It's completely over the top in terms of size, scale and density. And there's the issue of social cohesion with the social housing completely separate down the road."