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Allies and Morrison under fire over Leamouth Peninsula plans

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Councillors are being urged to reject a high-rise scheme by Allies and Morrison in London’s Docklands by regeneration legend Eric Reynolds

Tower Hamlets Council will decide tomorrow whether to approve the mixed-use proposals next to the ground-breaking Trinity Buoy Wharf submitted on behalf of developer Ballymore.

However Reynolds, the founder of Urban Space Management which operates the creative industries site, said the plans for the neighbouring Hercules Wharf, Castle Wharf and Union Wharf were insensitive and would turn the artists studios and events space into a ’canyon’.

He said: ‘Three tall blocks of flats that would loom over the low buildings at Trinity Buoy Wharf – at the closest point the new blocks are only 8 feet away from artists’ workshops.

‘It turns part of our site into a canyon. It’s OK in New York if you emerge into a broad avenue but here, it is not terribly kind to the neighbours.

‘From the office in which I am sitting in now I will be looking straight into a bedroom two metres away.’

The proposals would involve demolition of existing buildings and their replacement with 16 blocks, including three towers at 101m, 78m and 56m in height. The Thames-side scheme also features 834 flats, a 227m² school extension and 1,590m of retail and commercial space on the ground floor.

The new development will link East India Dock Basin to the rest of the Leamouth Peninsula site and includes plans to rejuvenate the Thames riverside part of the peninsula.

A decision on the scheme was delayed from last month in order to conduct a review of the affordable homes element of the scheme. This has resulted in more three and four bedroom units provided at social rent levels.

Officers are recommending the plans for approval stating that the ’density of the scheme would not result in significantly adverse impacts typically associated with overdevelopment and there would be no unduly detrimental impacts upon the amenities of the neighbouring occupants in terms of loss of light, overshadowing, loss of privacy or increased sense of enclosure’. 

Ballymore did not reply to a request for comment in time for publication.


Allies and Morrison - Leamouth South proposals [February 2015] - coloured roof

Allies and Morrison - Leamouth South proposals [February 2015] - coloured roof


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  • Eric Reynolds' objections collide head on with the assessment of the Council's planning officers - and, looking at the second and (particularly) the third image, it's easy to see where Mr Reynolds is coming from, but a great deal more difficult to understand the planning officers' point of view.
    'Onwards and upwards' seems to be at risk of becoming a holy mantra in London, with dissenters viewed as spoilsports.
    And when does the incentive of affordable housing gain become a bribe?

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