Developers withdraw skyscraper plans for Island site
A proposal for the Asda site on the Isle of Dogs has been withdrawn after considerable public concern over the extent of redevelopment.
The site had already been the subject of a successful planning application in 2013 but this new offering would have dramatically increased the scale and size of development, with more than twice the original number of homes.
Cllr Peter Golds, who had raised objections, said: “I am delighted that Ashbourne Beech have withdrawn this crass example of overdevelopment.
“The 2013 scheme of 850 homes was considered excessive, 2,000 new homes in towers rising to 33 storeys would have dominated Crossharbour and Mudchute Park.
“Planners and [Mayor John Biggs] must now listen to Islanders. The petrol station is an essential local service. In any future scheme it should stay.
“The Island cannot sustain massive development without infrastructure.”
Mayor John Biggs had written to the divisional director for building and planning to object to the scheme.
He wrote that “four towers and a number of other tall buildings are proposed that in my view would overwhelm both local lower rise residential communities and the open space of Mudchute”.
He went on: “The population of the Island is already growing fast, some believe too fast. I am concerned that whatever the Island eventually becomes it is sustainable in the long ter; a place where people want to live, work and play.”
After the developers withdraw the application, the mayor said: “I’m glad that after years of campaigning the developers have finally listened to the views of local people and abandoned their oversized plans for the Isle of Dogs Asda site.
“We need a new district centre on the Island but I have been consistently clear that these plans were far too high and clearly didn’t meet the needs of local people.”