Neighbours launch petition to stop tower block going up on Limehouse Triangle
PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:59 19 July 2017
The deadline for objections runs out tomorrow to try and stop developers in their tracks churching up the Limehouse Triangle to build two tower blocks of flats.
Council developers ran into trouble last time over the controversial green patch in Salmon Lane, next to the Regent’s Canal, where they had cleared the land ahead of last October’s original planning application.
Campaigner Alicia Joseph who led a delegation to the town hall pointed out that building on the green space would put a nine-storey tower block just yards from other homes with families having their bedrooms and living rooms directly facing it.
Furious Tower Hamlets Council members finally rejected the scheme in January after learning the authority’s own housing department breached planning rules to get rid of a biodiversity reserve by cutting down mature trees and hedgerows months before the application on the land owned by the council itself.
But now the council’s own housing organisation is back again with fresh plans to build two blocks with 17 flats—much to the anger of neighbours like Christine Phillips.
“The triangle is part of a green corridor from Mile End to Limehouse,” she tells Thursday’s East London Advertiser.
“This small open triangle is part of the green corridor of feeding stations for birds and wildlife which was designated part of the council’s own ‘Biodiversity 2000’ plan 17 years ago. But when it’s gone, it’s gone.”
The council paid for hedges and trees for the Triangle in a community planting in 2000.
But neighbours claim maintenance has been forgotten over the years.
So they have launched another online petition to stop the scheme, with the last 24 hours of submissions to the council on planning application PA/17/01618 ending tomorrow .
The campaigners insist they are not against new developments to help the East End’s housing shortage, but point out that there is more suited ‘brownfield’ land available that would “not be at the cost of our quality of life or at the cost of biodiversity”. The Limehouse Triangle is also a ‘refuge’, they add, for a neighbourhood so close to the A13 Commercial Road.