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Tower Hamlets Refuses Tower Schemes

The planning committee of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has refused planning approval for two high-rise schemes proposed in the Isle of Dogs.

The first of the schemes is the massive Skylines Village which has been masterplanned by Rolfe Judd Architects and designed by Terry Farrell and Partners. The project, which would contain four towers ranging from 86 to 164 metres in height with 806 apartments and a 123-bedroom hotel was refused primarily on the basis of being too tall and too large as well as out of scale with the surrounding area, which includes several approved tall buildings of a similar size.

The council also attacked the scheme for an inbalance with affordable housing, loss of privacy, excess traffic, a lack of a Section 106 agreement, and from a strategic point of view it would hamper the council's own desires for a new masterplan of the area around Marsh Wall East.

The other refused development is 225 Marsh Wall, better known as the redevelopment of Angel House. This "hammerhead" shaped 131.69 metre tower comes from the pens of Jacobs Webber with 256 apartments plus 56 hotel rooms contained within.

Tower Hamlets objected again to the height and scale of it, particularly in conjunction with Skylines Village. There is also the problem with the scheme of the lower 22-storeys of accommodation which would be significantly overshadowed on the south side of the tower, not to mention that people here would be able to look straight on to Skylines Village and vice versa giving residents a lack of privacy. Likewise there is a feeling that the solely north-facing apartments are also unsuitable thanks to their potential lack of natural light and the fact they could end up feeling enclosed for their occupants.

With many of these criticisms and regardless of the quality of the proposal, it seems unlikely that any developer will be able to successfully propose tall buildings in this part of the Isle of Dogs until the council themselves have been able to put forward their Marsh Wall East masterplan simply so they get to stamp their own identity on the area rather than a hotchpotch of individual developers.
Skylines Village, London
Skylines Village, London