OBJECTION LETTERS WERE DUE BY FRIDAY 15 APRIL
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TO Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Deputy Mayor for Policy & Planning Edward Lister
SUBJECT The Bishopsgate Goodsyard Planning Application
YOUR NAME & ADDRESS INCLUDING POSTCODE
Postal address: Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
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(Your name and address including postcode)
Dear Mr Johnson,
I strongly object to the Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application for the following reasons:
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HEIGHT AND MASSING: With a wall of eight towers of 75m to 177m in height this development is monolithic and dramatically out of scale with the surrounding area. The massing is overbearing and has no relationship to the adjacent, mainly small, plot sizes and low buildings. It will harm the setting of the surrounding five conservation areas and their many listed buildings.
LOSS OF LIGHT: It is totally unacceptable that residential areas including the Boundary Estate will be cast into shadow for most of the day during winter months. The proposed green space will also be in shadow during late afternoon and evening throughout the summer, making it much less attractive than promised.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The development should provide the councils’ required amount of genuinely affordable housing that fulfils the needs of the area. Luxury investment housing will not do this.
DESIGN: The generic tower blocks ignore the local character of the surrounding areas. The developers say it will be “a new place with its own distinct scale, identity and character” and this goes against the planning aims for the site, adopted by Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
EMPLOYMENT SPACE: The development will inevitably push out the small-scale independent businesses that give the area the special character and which attract significant numbers of residents, visitors and tourists. The proposed retail and office space will not meet the need for affordable workspace or start-up space.
AIR QUALITY: The development does not meet the required standard of air quality due to the scale of work proposed on the site. The very long period of construction – up to 16 years – mean the long-term impacts are serious and unpredictable.
DEMOLITION: The surviving 19th-century historic fabric on the site should not be demolished, in particular further listed railway arches and the notable wall running along Commercial Street. .
Case Officers for the two boroughs were receiving objection letters up until the point when Boris Johnson took over the planning application. Their contact details are:
Mr. Russell Smith
Planning and Regulatory Services
2 Hilman Street, London E8 1FB
Planning application numbers:
2014/2425 and 2014/2427
Mr. Nasser Farooq
Tower Hamlets Town Planning
Development and Renewal
Mulberry Place PO BOX 55739
5 Clove Crescent, London E14 1BY
Planning application numbers:
PA/14/02011 and PA/14/02096