STOP SAINSBURY'S, SAVE WHITECHAPEL
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What’s the story?
Sainsbury’s have submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for an over-sized development of their megastore in Whitechapel, east London.
Whitechapel is a diverse and ever changing area, which makes its character all the richer. However the proposals, based primarily on cashing in on high value apartments, causes irreversible harm to the surrounding community and environment.
1. Disproportionate Scale
The development is radically out of context with the surrounding low-rise Whitechapel area. The proposed 28 storey tower (101m) would be the tallest building in the 3 mile stretch between at Aldgate and Canary Wharf. Even the eight ‘smaller’ blocks of up to 15 storeys (59m) would introduce a density beyond Council guidelines. The enormous tower will block daylight to hundreds of homes and businesses, and overlook countless more.
2. Damage to Local Heritage
The scheme will overwhelm the historic setting of the Whitechapel Market and Stepney Green Conservation Areas and their 52 listed buildings. The tower also intrudes significantly on the Grade 1 listed Trinity Green Almshouses, sited just 100m to the east of the site. The current proposals demonstrate little evidence of how this remarkable context has influenced the design, which Historic England has described as “substantially harmful”.
3. Lack of Affordable Housing
Of the proposed 559 residential apartments only 89 apartments (16%) are to be ‘affordable’, falling far short of the Council’s targets of 35-50% to align with the London Plan. A tiny 6% are family dwellings, making the mix wholly inappropriate for this part of Whitechapel, and doing little to address the wider London housing crisis.
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Opposition has been raised by Historic England, the Georgian Group, SPAB, the Victorian Society and the East
End Preservation Society but we need much more support to ensure the development is rejected by Tower Hamlets council.
You can send your objections to Tower Hamlets Council to firstname.lastname@example.org (ref:PA/15/00837), and join the Friends of Trinity Green at www.friendsoftrinitygreen.co.uk where you can find a template letter objection.
STOP SAINSBURYS, SAVE WHITECHAPEL
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