St William Homes LLP, part of the Berkeley Group, are proposing to build 1,286 new homes on the Bow Common Gasworks site on the south-east edge of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

We’re leading a public campaign to seek a dramatic reduction in the height and scale of the buildings to minimise the detrimental effects they’ll have on wildlife and the local community. Over the last few months, we’ve been in negotiations with the developers – and we’ve made some real progress!

Diagram showing the changes in height to the proposed buildings

         

What we’ve achieved so far

The developers recently submitted updated plans to the council for review. The proposals include reducing the height of a number of the blocks as shown in the diagrams above and in our progress update. A second online public consultation is now open until Sunday 20th September. Although there has been some great progress in reducing the impact of the development on the Cemetery Park, we continue to have concerns about:

Please support our campaign by following our quick guide below and commenting on the application. You can find out more detailed information in our campaign newsletters: Call to action – February 2020 and Progress and next steps – August 2020.

Thank you again for your help, without people-power, none of this would have been possible!

How you can help

 

Original plans: now amended and resubmitted

St William Homes LLP, part of the Berkeley Group, are proposing to build 1,286 new homes on the Bow Common Gasworks site on the south-east edge of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

         

The development will directly affect Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and the surrounding community in the following ways:

  • The proposed site will be packed with 14 very tall buildings up to 22 stories in height (89m) and housing at the lower levels, and construction will take a minimum of 10 years.
  • The shading cast by the tall buildings through the day and light pollution at night will change light conditions and have a detrimental impact on the park’s wildlife, local people’s well-being and their experience of the Cemetery Park
  • Over 1200 new homes and 3000 new neighbours will permanently damage wildlife and ecosystems in and around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, and put unsustainable pressures on local green spaces.

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park want to make sure that local residents are aware of the scale of the proposed development, and the destructive impact it will have on the park and the local homes. We need your support in limiting the affect of the proposed building on the Cemetery Park and surrounding neighbourhood.

You can also donate to support our work at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and other green spaces we work in across Tower Hamlets.