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Conservation area proposal goes before Tower Hamlets cabinet

PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:00 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist Councillors at Tower Hamlets will tonight decide whether a historic part of London s East End should be given conservation area status. An emergency report is going before the Labour cabi

By Else Kvist

Councillors at Tower Hamlets will tonight decide whether a historic part of London's East End should be given conservation area status.

An emergency report is going before the Labour cabinet recommending councillors to designate Limehouse Cut a conservation area after a notice was served on the council to demolish a historic building in Limehouse.

Councillors recently rejected plans to tear down the 1930s Labour Exchange on Burdett Road to make way for an 11-storey block of flats and shops, following protest from residents.

A conservation area proposal from residents keen to preserve the river and the buildings along it has now been brought forward because of the imminent risk of the former Employment centre facing demolition.

A petition to give the area 'local listing' was signed by 185 residents after the Government rejected proposals to list the Employment Exchange. Conservation status would allow the council to control more closely the development of the area.

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