Tower Hamlets Council has refused consent for development proposals for the area around Norton Folgate within the Elder Street conservation area.
We would like to see the historic buildings that have lain empty and decaying for decades brought back into use. The diversity of new uses that were proposed had the potential to revive the area and reflect its residential and commercial past.
Our role is to advise the local authority on managing change to the historic environment. Our advice is based on careful assessment of the significance of the historic buildings and areas affected by the scheme and the benefits that repair and rescue will bring.
We look forward to further discussions about the revival of such a significant area.
We believe this scheme improved upon the proposals that were granted planning permission in 2011, because it considers all the buildings in the Conservation Area which are decaying and provides housing, which the 2011 proposals did not.
We hope that a way forward can now be found to bring life back to the area and retain its historic character.