Developer had aimed to “retrofit” the building’s waste management methods from existing tower, council told

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Plans to add 22m to a Make-designed tower in the Docklands have been deferred by Tower Hamlets council

Plans to add seven storeys to a residential Docklands tower designed by Make have been deferred by Tower Hamlets council.

Developer Chalegrove Properties wants to add 22m to the existing 48-storey scheme, which is currently under construction at 225 Marsh Wall on the Isle of Dogs.

The extension would bring the tower to 185m and 56 storeys, with the extra space housing 58 additional homes.

But a decision on the scheme was delayed last week because of concerns over waste management and a shortage of cycle spaces. 

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The extension would have brought the tower to a total height of 185m

An impasse of four votes in favour and four votes against was broken by the strategic development committee chair with a deciding vote in favour of deferral.

The plans had been recommended for refusal by a council planning officer, who said the height of the scheme would be detrimental to the townscape and the Canary Wharf skyline.

The officer added that the proposal failed to provide a policy-compliant level of cycle storage spaces and that there would be a “significant shortfall” for future residents, while its waste management and collection methods were also deemed “not appropriate for a building of this scale”. 

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The existing consent is currently under construction

The officer said Chalegrove had not addressed the council’s waste management policies and had instead “aimed to retrofit the building from the extant consent whilst adding the impact from the additional residential units”.

Design Delivery Unit is acting as executive architect on the scheme, with the project team also including planning consultant Savills, townscape consultant Montagu Evans, structural engineer Walsh and sustainability consultant Buro Happold. Chalegrove is acting as the developer for housing association Poplar Harca.

The next meeting of the committee is on 8 June.

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Concerns were raised about the application’s waste management methods and a shortage of cycle spaces