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Poplar residents oppose ‘sunlight-blocking’ development

PUBLISHED: 11:20 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 08 October 2015

Residents association chair Andrew Ager fighting tower block overshadowing Limehouse Cut

Residents association chair Andrew Ager fighting tower block overshadowing Limehouse Cut

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Residents are up in arms over a development they say will block out sunlight and invade their privacy.

On Thursday, plans for 162 appartments on land near the corner of Broomfield Street and Upper North Street, near Langdon Park station in Poplar, could be given the go-ahead.

But neighbouring occupants of the Silver Wharf development argue they were not consulted, and believe the proposal for the appartments – up to 14 storeys high – will impact their quality of life.

“We have yet to find a single individual who received a notification,” said Andy Ager, who chairs the Silver Wharf Residents Association.
“There’s about 20ft between some of us and the new building, it will completely block out natural light.

“The structural design also means people will be looking directly into each other’s bedrooms and bathrooms.”

Mr Ager has submitted a letter outlining the key objections on behalf of neighbouring Werner Court and Craig Tower residents, as well as those in Silver Wharf, where he has lived since 2012.

“For me it will only block out about 10 per cent of light, but some of the residents in Carot House will pretty much lose it all,” he said.

The plan by developers Fairview Homes Ltd would include the demolition of existing buildings on the site and erection of buildings that range in height from 3 to 14 storeys. They would also build 29 undercroft and surface car parking spaces and a central landscaped courtyard.

A council spokesperson said: “All planning applications are considered against planning policies including the Local Plan, and officers assess the merits of the proposed development.

“The public consultation period has now passed, however further representations made before the application is determined by the Strategic Development Committee will be considered.”

Fairview was approached for a comment, but a spokesman said they would prefer not to comment on this occasion.

The strategic development committee meeting takes place at 7pm this Thursday, at Tower Hamlets Town Hall, Mulberry Place.

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