The delayed final consultation started on 25 March 2019 but we are prevented from submitting the study because comments cannot be made on specific sites or policies.
Please read the excellent feasibility study. Given the significance of the two historic gasholders (see Appendix C) it makes sense to keep the guide frames in situ for £5million rather than spending £20million on dismantling the frames for refurbishment and re-inforcement elsewhere and returning to site for re-election on new foundations (see 2.2.5 pages 9, 10 and 11). As summarised in the conclusions on page 27, the study raises serious questions concerning the Council’s viability assessment; and, in contrast, Paul Latham’s own viability shows that the two guide frames can be retained in situ and, at the same time, the residential redevelopment of the Holder Station can include 35% affordable housing.
Although the Local Plan process has not finished, St William and their architect (Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners) have started consulting local residents on both sides of the canal and others, most of whom have said that they would like the two historic gasholders to be retained. Specialist engineers, Craddy Pitchers Limited, have started examining the guide frames from a cherry-picker to assess their condition; and St William plans to hold a public exhibition in about a month’s time.
We will do our best to let you know the details about the forthcoming exhibition.
The No.2 and No.5 gasholders at Bethnal Green make a positive contribution to the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area in LB Tower Hamlets and the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area in LB Hackney. As the only surviving in situ gasholders on the Regent’s Canal, their guide frames must be retained in situ and reused with a block of flats in the No.5 guide frame (and an underground car park in its in-ground concrete tank) and a public park in and around the No.2 guide frame. Both guide frames would be insured and maintained by the residents in the block of flats