Residents in fear over Calders Wharf demolition

By Rob Virtue on June 9, 2014 8:04 AM |


Campaigners against proposed luxury flats next to a historic Isle of Dogs park have stepped up their protest after a notice on demolition of the existing building was made.

East End Homes is proposing to build a four-storey block containing 26 apartments at Calders Wharf.

The scheme was given the thumbs up last year by Tower Hamlets Council's planning committee. However, the Government's Communities Department halted progress following concerns from campaigners who say it would spoil Island Gardens, the Thames-side park overlooking Greenwich.

However, when a council notice regarding demolition of the current building, the Calders Wharf Community Centre, was circulated, residents were furious at what they saw as developers jumping the gun.

Isle of Dogs resident Eric Pemberton said: "The council said it was just an ordinary notice. What's 'ordinary' about a demolition notice?

"It's a conservation area, a buffer zone to the World Heritage site and if we do another petition it will go worldwide because we've got support from people across the globe.

"The way out of all of this is for the council to appoint a public consultation and ask the people what they want."

In an email to Mr Pemberton, a council officer said the notice was for "building control" and did not give permission to demolish.

She added that nothing would be allowed until after planning permission was granted.

However, the campaigner said residents were concerned works would be sneaked through. He said those against the scheme would maintain their vigilance.

"Calders Wharf is a key part of Island Gardens," he said. "If need be we will go to a judicial review."

No-one from the council was available for comment.