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SPECIAL NEWSLETTER March 2016

SAVE CHEVIOT HOUSE AND THE WORKHOUSE

Someone applied to Historic England for Cheviot House to be added to the National List. Historic England’s Advice Report (8 March 2016) to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport recommended not to list but stated that Cheviot House is of local interest as a “rare survival of a ‘rag-trade’ modernist building”.

This means that it should be added to Tower Hamlets’ Local List. I have therefore sent this email to Mayor Biggs: John.Biggs@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Dear John,

Further to my unacknowledged email of 3 February 2016.  As you know, Cheviot House is not being added to the National List.  However, Historic England clearly indicates that Cheviot House is a nationally rare survival of local interest; and the Twentieth Century Society states that Cheviot House “is a highly appropriate candidate for local listing” (5 February 2016 email to planmaking@towerhamlets.gov.uk).

I am therefore writing again to ask that Cheviot House is added to LBTH’s Local List.  In support of my renewed request I attach my amended and extended note, which demonstrates that Cheviot House is of considerable local and regional interest.

Please also note that I am now saying that Cheviot House should be adapted for residential or other use.  And that whilst I am asking for the synagogue in Nelson Street to be included in a new conservation area, I am no longer asking for the synagogue to be added to LBTH’s Local List.

The Victorian Society has recommended that the workhouse building in Southern Grove is added to the Local List (4 February 2016 email to Mayor Biggs). Clearly, both buildings should be added to the Local List as soon as possible.  I therefore formally request that the proposed review of the Local List is carried out as soon as possible and as an essential part of the new local plan process, in line with:

  • Good Practice Guide for Local Heritage Listing (EH 2012)
  • Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning : 1 (HE 2015)
  • National Planning Policy Framework paras. 126, 156, 157, 158, 169

The residents of Tower Hamlets and others have to be involved in the forthcoming review of the Local List, which is still more or less as drawn up in 1972.

Residents and others need to know as soon as possible when the review of the Local List will take place; what the criteria are for local listing; and what mechanisms are going to be put in place for additions to the Local List between reviews.

Regards,

Tom Ridge

My original note about Cheviot House (see Special Newsletter February 2016) has been amended and extended in the light of HE’s Advice Report. And also, further consideration of certain terms which I borrowed from HE’s earlier Consultation Report.

I think it is incorrect to describe the round-section concrete pillars as “piloti”. The “glazed corner tower” is better described as a glazed corner feature; and the term “plinth” refers to the stallboards on either side of the former showroom doorway.

Numerous other points could be made (the glazing on the so-called first floor has not been “modernised”).Click here But G G Winbourne is not sufficiently well known to architectural historians for Cheviot House to be listed. The additional storey harms the appearance of the building. And, as set out in the second paragraph under DISCUSSION; Historic England unreasonably expects surviving industrial buildings to be as built with their original interiors, machinery and fixtures; and for the building to have architectural features which indicate its precise original function.

PLEASE READ THE AMENDED AND EXTENDED NOTE ABOUT CHEVIOT HOUSE AND EMAIL THE NEW STANDARD LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND OTHERS

Email the Council about Cheviot House

 
Copy the following into TO box
 
john.biggs@towerhamlets.gov.uk
cllr.david.edgar@towerhamlets.gov.uk
cllr.dave.chesterton@towerhamlets.gov.uk
planmaking@towerhamlets.gov.uk Vicki.Lambert@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Andrew.Hargreaves@towerhamlets.gov.uk


And 
the following into CC box

cllr.denise.jones@towerhamlets.gov.uk
cllr.andrew.cregan@towerhamlets.gov.uk 
 
Email Text

DISPOSAL OF CHEVIOT HOUSE 227-233 Commercial Road

With reference to Tom Ridge’s email of 3 February 2016 and his email of March 206 with amended and extended note about Cheviot House:

I/We request that LBTH attaches a condition to the sale particulars for Cheviot House 227-233 Commercial Road for its retention, sympathetic repair and adaptation for residential or other use.

I/We request that, as Cheviot House is now officially of considerable local and regional interest, it is added to LBTH’s Local List.  Also that the other representative buildings in the East End ladies’ tailoring quarter are added to LBTH’s Local List and included in a conservation area with Cheviot House and the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street.

I/We request that the proposed review of the Local List is carried out as soon as possible and as an essential part of the new local plan process, in line with the two publications mentioned in Tom Ridge’s email of  March 2016 and the National Planning Policy Framework.

NAME(S): 
DATE:
ADDRESS:
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SENT THE STANDARD LETTER ABOUT THE WORKHOUSE BUILDING IN SOUTHERN GROVE, PLEASE SEE THE SPECIAL NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2016

My thanks to the Victorian Society, Twentieth Century Society, Spitalfields Trust, SAVE and others for supporting this campaign.  Also the many individuals who have already sent standard letters about Cheviot House and the workhouse building.

More standard letters are needed for the workhouse building and hundreds of new standard letters for Cheviot House and the urgent implementation of the proposed review of LBTH’s Local List.



Tom Ridge

 

CHEVIOT HOUSE 227-233 Commercial Road

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