You can make a difference by sending 1 email.

we have until 23 January to make a stand.

what to do

All you have to do is send an email -  dr.developmentcontrol@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Make sure you include planning reference number PA/16/03342/A1 & include your full postal address

Below is some help with objecting to the Chest Hospital Development, including an email template with some suggestions for things you can say. It’s best to use your own words, so please change the wording and personalise it to suit you. Your email doesn’t need to be long. The most important thing is to send one!

Good things to include:

  • If you have lived in Tower Hamlets for a long time, it would be good to say for how long.   
  • If your life/home will be affected, please explain how.
  • Your particular concerns about the Chest Hospital or the development.

 

TEMPLATE for objection emails:

<Write your name and address here>

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re. Planning Application PA/16/03342/A1, former London Chest Hospital

<Delete or add to any of the below>

I have been a resident of Tower Hamlets (for X years) and I would like to object to the above planning application for the following reasons:

Height

The height and size of the buildings is much greater than the rest of the area and will cause a dramatic loss of sunlight and daylight in and around neighbouring homes. It will be particularly bad along St James Avenue, which will have virtually unbroken seven storey buildings along its length.

Reduced access to daylight and sunlight can have serious consequences for mental health and general well being. The development should be restricted to the height of the existing buildings as they currently stand across the site. Existing residents should not have to suffer a reduced quality of life.

Too many flats for the area

The proposed 350 new flats will have a significant negative impact on local services, particularly schools and doctors which are already overstretched. The density of the development is several times greater than the surrounding area and the plans will put a huge strain on the neighborhood without giving anything back.   

Impact on the Victoria Park Conservation Area.

The Chest Hospital site is in the Victoria Park Conservation Area, but the density and design of the development is not in-keeping with this. The main building and South Wing are Grade 2 listed, but the South Wing and the roof of the main building is to be demolished. Only a small part of the main building is to remain, and it will be significantly enlarged, raising the height of the building and affecting the appearance. This means that the planned development does not respect the Conservation Area, the Heritage of the building, or the local neighborhood.

“Affordable housing” is not affordable.

The plans have only 20% affordable housing, far short of the Council’s targets. Even this will be too expensive for most people who really need housing. This is another example of how the development will not contribute to the community. This is a prime location next to Victoria Park and it is inconceivable that 20% is the maximum level of affordable housing that is possible. This is another reason the plans should be rejected.

Services

Almost all the servicing (refuse collection, etc) for the development will take place on St James’s Avenue - which is the smallest street on the site boundary. This will have a very negative effect on St James Avenue and those who live nearby.

No benefit to local people or the local area.

This development will benefit only the developers, not the local community. There is no ‘amenity’ provided by the development. It only detracts from a well-balanced and attractive neighborhood.

Land was given for the public good

This land was originally given donated on condition that it was used for the public good, resulting in a hospital being built. In contrast, this development will do nothing for the public good - it will harm local residents and the Conservation Area.

Gross mis-representation of the area.

The developers have systematically and cynically talked down the area in their planning documents, especially the Parkview Estate, in order to give the false impression that this huge development will make a contribution. This is a gross misrepresentation. The renowned scholar of architecture Nikolaus Pevsner commended the Parkview Estate as being very well designed in his book “Pevsner Guide London S/East”. Add to this the Conservation Area status.

Stolen views

The developers’ documents highlight the fantastic views that will be available from the new flats in the raised hospital building, ignoring the fact that these views that will be achieved by blocking the views from neighboring residents’ home, which have stood for more than 50 years. This is clearly an abuse of the residents in neighboring buildings, both current and future.

 

Thank you for reading these objections. I strongly urge you to reject these plans.


Yours sincerely,