Friday, 15 February 2008
Scary stuff at Sclater Street
This is the proposed 25 storey tower on Bethnal Green Road and Sclater Street planned by Telford Homes and Genesis Partners. It would cast neighbouring houses and Bethnal Green Road into permanent shadow.
Another planned development, "Bishop's Place", is a 51 storey tower on the junction of Shoreditch High Street/Norton Folgate and Worship street. Proposed by private developers, Hammerson, and designed by Foster and Partners it would be a hotel, office and apartment complex that forces demolition of the Light Bar building, a beacon at the edge of Shoreditch. The towers would dwarf and overshadow the area (see more: Mammon is at the gates of Shoreditch below
The future of over 13 acres of land in Shoreditch and Bethnal Green is currently in the hands of private developers, Hammerson and Ballymore, who want to build a forest of towers containing 1,700,000 sq ft of City office space.
The GLA, Hackney and Tower Hamlets have no combined masterplan or detailed local policies to steer development for this significant part of London.
OPENshoreditch, a growing coalition of local individuals, businesses and residents' groups, believes this situation is undemocratic and wrong.
But the planning applications for two sites will soon go before Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils.
Take action NOW by writing a letter of objection to each of these planning departments.
To object to the Sclater Street tower write to:
Development and Renewal, Town Planning
Tower Hamlets Council
Mulberry Place PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 1BY
Application no. PA/07/02193
(32-42 Bethnal Green Road)
To object to the "Bishop's Place" towers, and the demolition of The Light Bar building, write to:
London Borough of Hackney
263 Mare Street
London E8 3HT
re. application no. 2007/2227
(“Bishop’s Place” Development, Worship Street EC2)
Sign the petition against demolition of The Light Bar by following the link at the top of the page.