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EAST END WATERWAY GROUP

NEWSLETTER November 2018

GASHOLDER SPECIAL TWO

Bethnal Green Gasholders

I represented the East End Waterway Group at the Examination of the LBTH Local Plan on Thursday, 11 October 2018 (see October 2018 Newsletter).

The Conservation Officer and a QC for the Council spoke in favour of the retention and reuse of the two historic gasholders, but without reference to our proposed in situ retention for housing and open space.

A consultant for St William Homes Plc proposed that an assessment should be made, along the same lines as the assessment to be made of the group of listed gasholders at the Bromley-by-Bow Holder Station (LB Newham). Fortunately, the Council did not respond to this proposal and I understand that it will be up to the Inspector to accept or reject the proposed assessment, which is clearly intended to allow demolition of the historic gasholders.

The Inspector’s comments and recommendations will form the basis of the Council’s main or final modifications, which will be the subject of a limited six-week consultation, possibly starting at the end of December 2018. After the consultation, the Inspector will be sent all the comments (and supporting documents) and will subsequently produce a final report, stating that the Local Plan is sound and can be adopted by Tower Hamlets Council. Effectively, this will give outline planning permission for the development of the Bethnal Green Holder Station, not the other part of site allocation 1.3.

To deal with the possibility of a negative assessment, and demonstrate that the in situ retention of the two gasholder guide frames will not cost over £16 million and that as well as keeping the guide frames in the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area, housing and open space can also be delivered within the retained guide frames, East End Waterway Group has commissioned a feasibility study to be carried out by Paul Latham of the Regeneration Practice with engineering input from Edward Morton of The Morton Partnership.

It is planned to publicise the completed study in mid-December so that a copy can be included with EEWG comments on the final modifications to the Local Plan.

Poplar Gasholder

As reported in the January 2017 Newsletter, prior approval for the demolition of the No. 1 Gasholder and other structures at the Poplar Holder Station was granted by Tower Hamlets Council on 2 September 2016. Demolition took place during Autumn 2017. Various photographs were taken, including photographs of the c.1878 meter house, which was possibly the sole surviving C19 example in London.

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East side and north end of Poplar meter house with half of No. 1 Gasholder guide frame in left background. (October 2017 Garry O’Keefe]

Fortunately, two bays of the No. 1 Gasholder guide frame were salvaged for re-erection within the residential redevelopment of the former Poplar Gasworks. They are included in a current hybrid planning application (part outline, part full), but as you will read in the letter written on behalf of EEWG, there are several problems which need to be addressed by the applicant. The consultation period ended on 18 October 2018, but LBTH accepts later comments.

Please send emails in support of the EEWG letter as soon as possible.

Many thanks.

Tom Ridge

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PATRON JIM FITZPATRICK MP POPLAR AND LIMEHOUSE
Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with the Canal & River Trust, Tower Hamlets Council and others for the protection and beneficial use of the six-mile waterway ring, its historic buildings, structures and habitats.
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