PETITION AGAINST EXEMPLAR'S PLANS FOR THE FRUIT AND WOOL EXCHANGE, ERADICATION OF HISTORIC DORSET STREET, DEMOLITION OF THE GUN PUB and BARCLAYS BANK.
  • Petitioned London Borough of Tower Hamlets - Planning Department
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PETITION AGAINST EXEMPLAR'S PLANS FOR THE FRUIT AND WOOL EXCHANGE, ERADICATION OF HISTORIC DORSET STREET, DEMOLITION OF THE GUN PUB and BARCLAYS BANK.

    1. SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
    2. Petition by

      SPITALFIELDS COMMUNITY GROUP

      London, United Kingdom

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June 2012

Victory

From the Spitalfields Community Group: Last night at the Town Hall, Tower Hamlets councillors voted across party lines to strike down Exemplar's plans for the demolition of the Fruit & Wool Exchange, Gun Pub and Dorset Street and reject the advice of their own planning - and conservation - officers who argued strenuously that the demolition should go ahead. A sole dissenting voice was Councillors Helal Abbas who praised Exemplar's scheme, but in the end abstained in the vote. Councillors agreed with us that; - The Fruit and Wool, Barclays, and the Gun Pub are fine old buildings worthy of saving - 16th Century Dorset Street should be saved and re-opened - housing should be re-introduced on site - a mixed use development with ground floor shops would provide jobs for local people. This is an extraordinary victory for local opinion against a big developer, and saves a huge chunk of Spitalfields from being absorbed as bland City office space. A huge thank you to all of you who campaigned with us on this issue, and who recruited friends and colleagues. Without your letters, texts, and e mails this battle would never have been won. Thank you too to our friends in the Spitalfields Trust who stood shoulder to shoulder with us in the campaign. Subsequently City of London, the owners of the Fruit and Wool Exchange have issued all current tenants with a notice to quit. You can keep up with developments at both http://spitalfieldscommunityaction.wordpress.com/ and also on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-London-Fruit-and-Wool-Exchange-1929/383535838324130 Thank you for all your support - this will not be the end of the battle!

PETITION AGAINST EXEMPLAR'S PLANS FOR THE FRUIT AND WOOL EXCHANGE, ERADICATION OF HISTORIC DORSET STREET, DEMOLITION OF THE GUN PUB and BARCLAYS BANK.

We, the undersigned, urge the planners and councillors at Tower Hamlets to listen to local opinion, and refuse planning permission to Exemplar. We oppose;

- the ugly substandard building proposed for Commercial Street opposite Christ Church

- the removal from the map of historic Dorset Street

- the demolition of the Gun pub

- the demolition of Barclays Bank.

We urge Tower Hamlets to;

- reopen historic Dorset Street as an east-west axis and suitable site for the development's restaurant plans

- insist on high quality buildings for Commercial Street opposite Christ Church

- reintroduce housing to this historically residential part of Spitalfields

- reserve all ground floor space for retail use

Recent signatures

    News

    1. LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBER JOINS OUR CAMPAIGN

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      London Assembly Member, John Biggs, has joined the campaign to get the historic London Fruit and Wool Exchange in Spitafields listed to prevent demolition of this landmark building and heritage site, with it's rich World War II history.

      Read more in the East London Advertiser here: http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/assembly_s_john_biggs_joins_battle_to_save_london_fruit_wool_exchange_1_1660294

      http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/features/fruit_exchange_another_massive_slab_of_a_building_will_suck_life_out_of_spitalfields_1_1654699

      Also a four page special this week in the East London Advertiser about the Campaign to save this historic building.

      Read here http://spitalfieldscommunityaction.wordpress.com/

      And keep updated via the facebook page here, please like this page
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-London-Fruit-and-Wool-Exchange-1929/383535838324130?fref=ts

      Assembly's John Biggs joins battle to save London Fruit & Wool Exchange - News - East London Advertiser

      endangered Mike Brooke Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:35 PM The London Assembly's budget chair has thrown the gauntlet down over Boris Johnson's decision to allow the historic London Fruit & Wool Exchange to be demolished.

    2. DEMOLITION APPROVED BY BORIS JOHNSON

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      At a planning meeting at City Hall last night, London Mayor, Boris Johnson decided to overrule LBTH Councillors who had rejected this scheme twice and give Exemplar the green light to go ahead with the demolition and re development of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange.

      Despite vigorous opposition to the proposal both locally and through this on line petition, and the consistent rejection of the scheme by Councillors of all political parties, the Mayor decided that the scheme should go ahead.

      Representations against the scheme were made at last night's meeting by representatives of the Spitalfields Community Group, The Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust, Cllr Carlo Gibbs and LBTH Planners.

      We would like to thank everyone for their support and signatures. There is a possibility that the building could be listed so we suggest that you keep in touch via this facebook page for further news and upates.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-London-Fruit-and-Wool-Exchange-1929/383

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. EVENING STANDARD FEATURE VICTORY FOR LOCAL CAMPAIGNERS

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      The Evening Standard feature news of the refusal for Planning Permission by LBTH Councillors for the demolition of the Gun Pub, Barclays Bank and eradication of historic Dorset Street. Additionally, Councillors also called for the London Fruit and Wool Exchange Building to be protected from demolition.

      Read more on our blog link below

    5. PLANNING PERMISSION REFUSED BY LBTH

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      Tower Hamlets councillors voted across party lines to strike down Exemplar's plans for the demolition of the Fruit & Wool Exchange, Gun Pub and Dorset Street and reject the advice of their own planning - and conservation - officers who argued strenuously that the demolition should go ahead.

      Councillors agreed with us that;

      - The Fruit and Wool, Barclays, and the Gun Pub are fine old buildings worthy of saving

      - 16th Century Dorset Street should be saved and re-opened

      - housing should be re-introduced on site

      - a mixed use development with ground floor shops would provide jobs for local people.

      This is a great victory for local opinion against a big
      developer, and saves a huge chunk of Spitalfields from being absorbed
      as bland City office space.

      A huge thank you to all of you who campaigned with us on this
      issue.

    6. Decision-maker London Borough of Tower Hamlets - Planning Department responds:

      London Borough of Tower Hamlets - Planning Department

      Is it possible to have a brakdown of the number of signatures from people in London and those living elsewhere in the UK and outside the UK.


    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. East London Advertiser - The Battle of Dorset Street

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      The East London Advertiser takes up the story and features the alternative vision for the London Fruit and Wool Exchange site, by the Spitalfields Community Group and the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust.

      To read the article click the link below

    9. EVENING STANDARD FEATURES ALTERNATIVE SCHEME

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      Today, the alternative plans developed by the Spitalfields Community Group and the Spitalfields Historic Trust for the London Fruit & Wool Exchange site were revealed in the Evening Standard.

      “Campaigners battling to save a historic part of Spitalfields from developers have drawn up ambitious rival proposals for the site – inspired by the “baroque plan of Rome”. The design boasts aerial walkways, spectacular views of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Christ Church and an arcade for independent shops sheltered by classical colonnades. Under the plans the site will be pedestrianised but retain something of the “network” of narrow streets that Spitalfields is famous for. The 18th century Shepherd’s Place Arch, which was bombed in the Blitz, will be reinstated as a grand entrance.

      TV presenter and art historian Dan Cruickshank is one of the key figures spearheading the new scheme by the Spitalfields Community Group, details of which are unveiled for the first time today.

      To read more link below

    10. SCG & SHBT - UPDATE

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      Today the groups - the Spitalfields Community Group and the Spitalfields Historic Building Trust - announce their intention to commission an alternative scheme for the 9,000 square metre site of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange, Dorset Street and the White’s Row multi-storey car park – roughly the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

      The developers proposal, primarily for offices and shops on the site but with no housing, and designed by architects, Bennetts Associates - was unanimously rejected last Tuesday by all five members of Tower Hamlets planning committee. The rejection was in the face of recommendation for approval from Tower Hamlets own planning department.

      The councillors are to be highly commended for the wisdom and courage - and for heeding the voices of more than 500 local objectors and petitioners to the proposed scheme.

      However, the planning permission has only been deferred, and will go back to LBTH Planning Committee, quite possibly in the next few weeks.

    11. EVENING STANDARD ARTICLE SHOCK PLANNING DEFERRAL

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      LBTH Councillors unanimously rejected and deferred Exemplars application for the redevelopment of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange at the Strategic PLanning Committee earlier this week. This is only a deferral, and the campaign to save the buildings, the Gun pub & historic Dorset St from demolition and eradication will continue.

    12. TIME OUT FEATURE BATTLE TO SAVE FRUIT & WOOL EXCHANGE

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      Read the latest feature on the battle by local residents to save the London Fruit & Wool Exchange from demolition in Time Out....

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. SIGNATURE DEADLINE - 8 HOURS TO GO

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      All signatures lodged on the petition by 4pm today 28th February 2012 will be included in the petition copy sent to the LBTH Planning Department to be considered in the planning application which goes to the Strategic PLanning Committee on 6th March 2012.

      Signatures placed after this time may or may not be considered so please sign today!

      Thank you for all your support.

      SCG.

    15. Reached 200 signatures
    16. Read more about the history of the Fruit and Wool Exchange

      SPITALFIELDS  COMMUNITY GROUP
      Petition Organizer

      See this feature on the Spitalfields Life Blog, showing some of the history of this building.

    17. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sarah Pasquali LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      The revelopement of the East over the past 5 to 10 years has began to destroy the historical fabric of the area, the very thing that gives the East End it's charm and atmosphere. Most of the new buildings are unimaginative boxes, barely designed and do not reflect the original architecture around them. Preserve and respect rather than destroy.

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    • Annabel Freyberg LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      The new buildings are ugly, the old ones aren't

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    • Mark Kelly AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      In the last 20 years this area has become a place to visit and socialise. The funky new alongside the history should be encouraged. The proposal is clearly a step backwards for the area.

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    • David Hamilton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our unique national character is in our historic streets

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    • Russell Neale BRAINTREE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      i use the GUN regularly as a meeting place for a s0ciety

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