Plans for Island Gardens development approved

By Rob Virtue on December 17, 2013 11:23 AM |


A community has been angered after Tower Hamlets Council's planning committee approved a block of flats next to an Isle of Dogs park.

The scheme put forward by EastEnd Homes and Telford Homes is for 25 apartments next to the north side of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

But campaigners are furious as it builds on top of the Island Gardens Conservation Area and next to historic parkland. It also sees the demolition of a wall, representing the park's boundaries.

A number of residents and councillors spoke out against the four storey plans at last Wednesday's meeting.

However, the committee decided to pass it.

The Calders Wharf development also sees the rebuilding of the community centre on site. Of the 25 homes, two will be affordable and two social rented properties.


The council's planning report into the development said: "The proposed scheme will re-provide the existing community centre, and facilitate redevelopment of the site that will open up the park with the river frontage.

"It is considered that the overall height, scale and layout of the building provides a satisfactory response to the site and its sensitive location adjoining the Island Gardens Park, Grade II Listed Entrance Building to the Greenwich foot tunnel and the buffer to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site."

The scheme had previously drawn criticism from Docklands Light Railway Limited as it goes over a DLR tunnel.

However, it withdrew its opposition after the developer signed up to a range of conditions, including a full asset protection agreement

Campaigners against the plans say they have not given up the fight.


Bernard, Island Gardens said:

Once again Councillors with no association to the Island make decisions which are detrimental to the residents who live here. The flats will be a dreadful eyesore in this historic location, and the removal of the boundary wall just adds insult to injury.

Annoyed said:

A community centre yes but MORE flats!!
I have been to many great parties at Calders Wharf and next door in the Rowing club obviously now they are buliding flats this will be no more. Isn't it about time these people gave back to the community instead of taking all the time. All about lining their pockets.....and yes we all know that there are a lot of people being bought!!

Anonymous said:

Ha ha ha 25 flats only 2 social housing.
I wonder where the money is going for the rest of the flats.
So corrupt.

Anon said:

I'm sure it's only a coincidence that one of the Development Managers from Telford Homes used to work in the housing department at Tower Hamlets...


everybody in Tower Hamlets should get behind John Biggs at the next election and vote Labour to get rid of Lutfur Rahman

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