De­vel­op­ers with­draw sky­scraper plans for Is­land site

The Wharf - - Front Page - Giles Broad­bent

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.”

Artist’s im­pres­sion

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