THE OLD Queen Elizabeth children’s hospital at the corner of Goldsmith’s Row and Hackney Road E2 8PS is to be demolished and replaced by flats that will reach to nine floors.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has declined to veto the housing association development proposed for the site and recommended by Tower Hamlets council planning committee.
The “Queuey”, as it used to be called, is in a conservation area. Developer Family Mosaic has rejected the suggestion of local people that it renovate the buildings and incorporate flats within them.
The association says that would not be economically feasible, although two old facades, front shown above, will be kept. The association website promises 188 homes: 116 for private sale, 48 for affordable [That ill-defined term again – Ed.] rent and 24 for shared ownership.
Taxpayers [You mean us. – Ed.] will be hoping that Family Mosaic will not have to raise the rents it charges tenants as it ventures into the high-risk sphere of property development. Even the housing-associations regulator, criticised last month, September 2013, by a parliamentary Select Committee, is expressing its worries publicly.
Neighbour Hackney council objected to the QE development proposal, and 2,600 people signed a petition against it. The petitioners say on their website: “Our views were sidelined by Boris and his planners. These plans have been undemocratically imposed by City Hall officials and have no support on the ground.
“We will be holding a public meeting. ”
One local signatory, TV and cinema actor Emun (“The Paradise”) Elliott, says: “This is an area of London that has suffered from bad design and planning in the past. Let’s not build another mistake.”
Hamish Scott 271013
* Planning application PA/13/00384
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