Tuesday22 August 2017

Heritage group blasts Goodsyard developers

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Spitalfields Society says scheme ‘the most poorly conceived’ it’s ever looked at

In a letter to the GLA, ahead of a planning hearing due to be held by London mayor Boris Johnson next month, the Spitalfields Society has repeated earlier claims that the scheme is “the most poorly conceived and damaging development that this Society has ever been asked to review”.

Recent amendments have been made to it by joint developers Hammerson and Ballymore – centring on a range of affordable housing scenarios – but in its letter the society told the GLA: “The fact that the site and scheme have actually got significantly larger and the amendments have completely failed to satisfy a single objection indicates a callous disregard for local residents, businesses and future occupiers.

“It is as though the developer feels that the scheme is too big for the authorities to refuse so therefore feels no obligation to take any care or consideration with the design or composition of the development.”

The society said Johnson should refuse the scheme outright when he hears the arguments for and against it on March 11.

PLP is behind towers at three plots – known as C, F and G – which are 30 and 26 storeys for C and 46 and 38 for F and G respectively.

Two other plots are also earmarked for residential and are expected to come in at 24 and 17 storeys for plot D while the remaining site, plot E, will be 16 storeys stepping down to nine.

Other practices working at the scheme include Buckley Gray Yeoman, which is working on the offices, while Chris Dyson Architects is responsible for the historic properties. Faulkner Browns Architects has been appointed to the scheme’s retail element and Spacehub is lined up for a park.

The developer said it has carried out additional environmental impact studies for a range of affordable housing scenarios, which form part of the consultation.

Tony Coughlan, development manager at Hammerson, said: “We are continuing to liaise closely with the GLA to ensure that the best possible scheme is brought forward on this site. These discussions include a review of the affordable housing provision and the finalisation of the various other significant financial and non-financial benefits that the scheme will deliver.”



Readers' comments (2)

  • Clichy

    I am slightly astonished that this has not received any posts. This is such an important site that I would have thought the usual culprits would have come out in force.
    There is clearly over-development here, little acknowledgement of social mix or any cultural gain to the area.
    The Leon Krier story generated lots of heat, but very little light, but this story which is important to London has received no reaction.

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  • Sumita Singha

    yes, I am surprised too that this project is not getting the sort of reaction and attention that others- Garden Bridge, Norton Folgate, etc- are getting. Surely this proposal is worthy of architectural debate into its impact on the local environment and community.

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