Skylines Village development rejected by planning committee

A plan of the Skylines Village development

A plan of the Skylines Village development - Credit: Archant

The “Skylines Village” development which would bring more than 700 homes to the Isle of Dogs has been thrown out by Tower Hamlets Council’s planning committee.

It would have included a 50 storey skyscraper, among a host of smaller buildings in the Limeharbour and Marsh Wall area.

Planning chiefs had demanded developers pour more than £6 million into improvements to the local infrastructure to help cope with the extra strain.

But councillors sitting on the Strategic Development Committee rejected the plans, in the wake of fierce local opposition to more development on the Isle.

Cllr for Blackwall and Cubitt Town Peter Golds is among those who campaigned against the plans.

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“We just cannot deal with this”, he said. “I am not anti-development, but things need to be imaginative and on scale.”

The development would have incorporated 764 new homes, including more than 250 allocated as affordable housing.

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Tower Hamlets Council’s strategic development committee cited the development’s height, density and impact on the surrounding community, as well as a lack of play space for children, as justification for refusing the application. The decision contravened the recommendations made by planning officers working on the case.

Cllr Golds also singled out the potential impact on drug services in the area.

The development was also rejected in December 2010 on the grounds that its height, scale and poor design would have am excessive impact on the surrounding area and its infrastructure.

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