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Another Public Inquiry win for Beacon!   
1 July 2016 | Posted by Joanna Burton
 
Beacon Planning are delighted to have been involved in the successful defence of two schemes at appeal on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The appeal site is located on the banks of the Regent's Canal, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Regent's Canal Conservation Area and within the setting of a number of other designated and non-designated heritage assets including the iconic Marian Place gasholders.

The two schemes proposed a tall building of 18 and 16 storeys respectively, with the first scheme also proposing the demolition of non-designated heritage assets that the Council contended make a positive contribution to the conservation area.

It was not disputed that the site is in need of regeneration, but it was the Council's case that the height of the tallest block by virtue of its scale caused harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area, and that the demolition of the Victorian and Regency cottages caused the total loss of non-designated heritage assets as well as buildings that contribute positively to the significance of a designated heritage asset. The Inspector ultimately shared this view and dismissed the appeal on the grounds of heritage and townscape impact.

Beacon's Head of Heritage, Joanna Burton, provided expert heritage evidence on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This result released today maintains Jo's 100% record of wins at public inquiries!

The decision notice can be read here.