Battle for ‘Old Limehouse’ is lost

CAMPAIGNERS have failed in the latest round to protect the historic Limehouse Conservation Area in London’s East End which has been at the centre of a High Court battle.

It means the future of the former Poplar Labour Exchange which has stood next the Limehouse Cut since the 1930s now hangs by a thread after a ruling effectively opened the way for it to be pulled down.

The ruling on Friday is a blow to East End local historian Tom Ridge, who was backed by Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick and Tower Hamlets Council in his battle to protect the historic canal environment.

The campaigners, meanwhile, turned up to protest outside a public inquiry (pictured) which began at the Town Hall last week which is looking into a planning application by Trillium Property Group to demolish the old jobcentre.

The developers want to put up two tower blocks of luxury flats overlooking the canal.

The inquiry is due to end tomorrow (Tues), when the planning inspector visits the site in Burdett Road.

The council reached agreement with Trillium at Friday’s hearing on most of the conditions to be attached to any planning permission for demolition and replacement.