Planning is about choices. If you dont want to build on Londons Green Belt you need 1,000s of developments like this one- bad choice.
The controversial skyscraper plans to redevelop the huge Asda supermarket site on the Isle of Dogs have been withdrawn.
The battle is the second “victory for the people” of London’s East End within three months after rival food chain Sainsbury’s withdrew their skyscraper plans for Whitechapel.
Asda’s proposed ‘Crossharbour district shopping centre’ brought fierce opposition when it was first mooted in 2011 which was given Tower Hamlets planning consent in November, 2014 for shops, cafés, offices and 850 new homes.
But Ashbourne Beech developers then came up with an even more ambitious scheme for double the number of homes and began public consultations and a public exhibition last year at Café Forever in Glengall Grove.
They didn’t plan for the overwhelming wave of objectors who feared the “wall of skyscrapers” 33 storeys high would overshadow Mudchute Farm, Millwall Park and hundreds of homes at Cubitt Town.Arial view of huge Asda site overlooking Millwall Park open space at the Isle of Dogs. Picture: Ashbourne Beech
Among many objections was condemnation of the Asda petrol station closing without being replaced—leaving no fill-up for car-owners anywhere on ‘the island’.
“It’s down to ‘people’ power through sheer weight of objections,” a delighted councillor Peter Golds told the East London Advertiser.
“We fought this for years and have managed to engage the community—so the developers can’t claim they’re representing anybody with this crass example of over-development.
“The original 2011 scheme for 850 homes was considered excessive. The 2,000 new homes in towers rising to 33 stories would have dominated Crossharbour and Mudchute Park.
Cllr Golds, who represents a large swathe of the Isle of Dogs, is calling for planners to recognise that the petrol station “is an essential local service” that should remain.
“The Island cannot sustain massive development without services,” he added. “The 850 new homes was regarded as ‘over-development’—so what on earth is 2,000 new homes?
Asda pulled out on Friday, the second major development to hit the buffers after Sainsbury’s nine weeks ago withdrew its 28-storey tower proposed at Whitechapel, regarded as a “people’s victory” by tenants of the historic Grade I-listed 1695 Trinity Green almshouses 200ft away, which would have been overshadowed. Sainsbury’s agreed to reduce the height to eight storeys and intends to resubmit its application.