Lib Dems scrutinise a third development in Central Wapping


Developers are planning to develop the waste ground next to Wapping Rose Gardens, called the Brewhouse Lane Development.  This is the third planned development in the tiny area around the Captain Kidd and Rose Gardens (alongside similar plans in King Henry’s Wharf and Cinnamon St), so Tower Hamlets Lib Dems sent local activist Stephen O’Shea on 15 November to quiz the developers. 

 

With enormous waiting lists for social housing across the borough and an undersupply of new homes for local buyers, Tower Hamlets Lib Dems have long argued that it is vital to build new homes. However, many developments in recent years have failed to provide social or affordable units, and have not considered impacts on surrounding services and neighbourhoods.

 

The proposed development is relatively low intensity with 25 units, of which 8 would be social or affordable housing. They have also proposed using building materials in keeping with nearby blocks and the plan addresses concerns raised about blocking daylight. . After speaking with the team, however, there are a number of outstanding issues and questions we would like the applicants to answer:

  • Ensure that a Construction Management Plan (CMP) is prepared, so the public have a full idea of the logistical impact
  • Work with the developers of King Henry’s Wharf and Cinnamon St developments, to sequence the work and minimise impact. If not one after the other, this could result in 5-7 years of continuous building work!
  • Speak to local residents about parking, and whether they would be willing to share limited parking space with a new development
  • Most importantly, provide clarity on whether the development will provide genuinely affordable housing, or social housing.

 

We will be knocking on the doors of all surrounding residents, to get their input on all of these points and gather any other thoughts, and will bring it to the Development Committee hearing, expected to be Spring 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact Stephen on soshea37@hotmail.com if you would like to give your input.

 

For full details of what we heard at the consultation, see below:

 

CONSULTATION MEETING OUTPUTS

Parking: No parking except one disabled bay.  They were considering issuing resident parking permits, but we urged them to speak to local residents on whether they wished new developments to issue permits without increasing the level of street parking available.

 

Social/affordable housing: One-third of the property (eight apartments) will be made over to social and affordable housing – this will predominantly be in the smaller block on Bridewell Place. It has not yet been determined what form this will take.  This is a big distinction and needs to be clarified, especially since Tower Hamlets classifies £595,000 apartments  as “affordable”!

 

Construction: Apparently the construction will be entirely self-contained – the larger building will be constructed first, using the space of the smaller one.  The second building is small enough to be built using scaffolding. There is expected to be a commitment to no evening work, and ‘minimal’ weekend work (e.g. Saturdays 10-2).  However, this will not be included in the planning application, and there is no commitment yet to a Construction Management Plan (CMP) – clearly this needs to be done.

 

Sequencing with other developments: King Henry’s Wharf has planning permission and will take around two years.  The Cinnamon St development is going to public hearing next month, and is at least as big as this Brewhouse Lane development.  This would be the third development in a very small area with narrow streets.  If run consecutively, this could result in 5-7 years of continuous work.

Proposed development: 25 apartments - in one 5-story building facing Wapping Rose Garden, and one 2-story building facing Bridewell Place.  We are assured that they will not look into New Tower or Old Tower Buildings, and see below for their assurance picture that it will not take the daylight from Old Tower Buildings.  Intention is to fit in with the local area, using yellow brick (similar to Vancouver House) and modelling some architecture on Old Tower Buildings.

 

Parking: No parking except one disabled bay.  They were considering issuing resident parking permits, but we urged them to speak to local residents on whether they wished new developments to issue permits without increasing the level of street parking available.

 

Social/affordable housing: One-third of the property (eight apartments) will be made over to social and affordable housing – this will predominantly be in the smaller block on Bridewell Place. It has not yet been determined what form this will take.  This is a big distinction and needs to be clarified, especially since Tower Hamlets classifies £595,000 apartments  as “affordable”!

 

Construction: Apparently the construction will be entirely self-contained – the larger building will be constructed first, using the space of the smaller one.  The second building is small enough to be built using scaffolding. There is expected to be a commitment to no evening work, and ‘minimal’ weekend work (e.g. Saturdays 10-2).  However, this will not be included in the planning application, and there is no commitment yet to a Construction Management Plan (CMP) – clearly this needs to be done.

 

Sequencing with other developments: King Henry’s Wharf has planning permission and will take around two years.  The Cinnamon St development is going to public hearing next month, and is at least as big as this Brewhouse Lane development.  This would be the third development in a very small area with narrow streets.  If run consecutively, this could result in 6-8 years of continuous work.


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