Raines House, Wapping - Reject the Planning Application on 27th September

Raines House, Wapping - Reject the Planning Application on 27th September

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Community Solutions started this petition to richard.chilcott@towerhamlets.gov.uk and

As many of you know, Raines House is being refurbished at the tune of £1.3m without proper consultation with the local community - to whom the building belongs and for whom it's use is planned.

1. The current Grade 2 listed building is being refurbished without sensitivity to -

a. The building's interior and exterior as per Listed Building requirements

b. The "sister" building Howarth House in Ealing, more recently renovated by Ealing Council in line with Listed Building requirements.

c. Inclusion of renovation of the basement would not only bring the building in line with b. above but also as a rental unit(s) would give return on the investment to Community/LBTH.

2. On the grounds that an effective consultation has not happened as it should have been (only 230 local letters v all 8,000 local residents) ie being contacted prior to LBTH Executive Decison making refurb decision.

3. Huge impact on at least current 21 other community groups/charities by decanting Raines House users into 15 Chandler Street - from where £3m worth of services (unsupported by LBTH) are currently being delivered - which will be drastically cut by this imposition - which again has been conducted without consultation with the User groups impacted.

4. Central Executive decison making is having an unparalled impact on Wapping Community Social & OAP Bingo Club that has operated for 45 years from Raines House without regards for members' needs.

5. LBTH Refusal to listen to residents requests to open up basement again and complete works in line with Grade II listed building/sister building requirements were ignored until last Development & Planning Committee meeting on 23 August when Development Committee issued a deferral due to the inadequacy of the proposed plans in regards to Historical building and local residents requirements.

6. The building is not in a Conservation area but needs to be to attract the community members in reaching out to the local people etc and the right plans as now provided by local resident group Community Solutions will ensure that the renovations are done sensitively, effectively and with the right provision and spend to make this 300 year old building not only accessible to all but also that is remains an asset of the community.

7. Government Policy states that any spend on renovations must provide the Community/Council with a return on their investment.  We know of many organisations all over London that have refurbished their basement areas and from which they receive a welcome and regular, supportive income.

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