PA/16/00943 562 Mile End Road & 1a, 1b, 1c Burdett Road
Demolition of existing buildings and construction of a mixed use development comprising part 3-storey, part 8-storey and part 15-storey building, 52 residential units, 760sqm (GIA) commercial floorspace (A1, A2 & B1), landscaping, public realm improvements, access and servicing (including 1 disabled car parking space; 107 cycle parking spaces; and associated highway works) and other associated infrastructure | 562 Mile End Road & 1a, 1b, 1c Burdett Road, London, E3
This application is expected to go to the Development Committee sometime soon. We have tried to get information from LBTH planners but they never call back
Why the height of the proposed 562 Mile End Road site should be reduced (PA/16/00943)
This proposed development is clearly significantly txxxxaller than the surrounding buildings
All four corners of the junction at Mile End are low giving a sense of space. The existing buildings complement the junction. This is enhanced on the western side by the well set back green bridge. This balanced street scape would be destroyed by the proposed 15 storey block.
"The current policy approach, as set out in the Borough’s Core Strategy, is for the promotion of a hierarchy of interconnected town centres that offer a strong mix of uses, while acknowledging each town centre has distinct characteristics, role and function. However not all town centres are appropriate locations for tall buildings. Existing constraints such as heritage assets or the historic scale of development may preclude this. Areas outside of town centres are encouraged to be primarily residential or supporting uses which require lower levels of accessibility and connectivity". London Borough of Tower Hamlets Tall Buildings Evidence Base (2016)
The LBTH Core Strategy indicates that Mile End is a Neighbourhood Centre. The Managing Development Document states in DM26 that proposals for tall buildings should be of a height and scale that is proportionate to its location within the town centre hierarchy and sensitive to the context of its surroundings.
On 10 May 2016 LBTH Cabinet were asked to agree the Policy Position Statement which is intended to clarify the policy on tall building development in the Borough - more details here
The explanatory note agreed by the Mayor is to ensure that the existing Local Plan policy is being interpreted accurately, consistently and as
The Council’s Core Strategy (Policy SP10) identifies Canary Wharf and Aldgate as locations acceptable for Tall Buildings.
Tall Buildings are defined in the Core Strategy as "any building that is significantly taller than their surroundings and/or have a significant impact on the skyline".
Short video of LBTH Cabinet 10 May 2016
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