Concrete factory plans for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park withdrawn
PUBLISHED: 13:11 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 January 2017
Plans to build concrete factories on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been put on hold after the applications were requested to be withdrawn.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for deciding whether the applications should be approved, said today that it has written to the developers after considering the situation “for many months”.
The plans, which included three concrete batching plants and another one for asphalt production, were proposed to be built on land near Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.
They had drawn objections from thousands of people living nearby, with a 10,500-signature petition opposing the development handed to Cllrs Unmesh Desai and Terry Paul in October.
A LLDC spokeswoman said: “We have considered the applications over many months and taken on board the comments we have received, and concluded that the planning applications cannot be recommended for approval in their current form.
“This is mainly due to environmental concerns, transport, and the impact on regeneration in and adjoining Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have taken into account the substantial number of objections to the planning applications and asked for the applications to be withdrawn.
“Given the site is designated as Strategic Industrial Land, as part of the Local Plan and London Plan, we have to consider any further planning submission which we would expect to address the amount of activity proposed and preferably be submitted as a single planning application, rather than the multiple applications received to date.”
The decision was welcomed by Perry Miller, spokesman for the Olympic Park Coalition for Responsible Development.
He said: “This is very welcome news for local residents. It shows what a community can do when it comes together, with its elected representatives, to tackle unacceptable proposals for its local area.
“We hope that a proper plan for this site, sensitive to its location in the Olympic Park and adjacent to many thousands of homes, can now come forward.”
Cllr Terry Paul added: “The concrete factory applications have been defeated by a brilliant local campaign, and I’m particularly proud of the students at School 21, who worked with residents to alert everyone to the dangers of air pollution.
“I’m astonished that these planning applications could ever have come forward in the first place, considering the impact they would have had on air quality locally.”
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I strongly opposed the proposals for these factories which would blight the much loved and vibrant Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“Residents and local councillors have been rightly concerned these factories would have a detrimental impact on their lives and increase levels of noise, dust and air pollution throughout the whole of east London.
“Our opposition has now helped to prevent these plans from being set in stone as the LLDC has requested the applicant withdraw their proposals.
“The park is a bustling public space in the heart of Newham and should be protected.
“I now urge the LLDC to look at the future use of this land and consider carefully what type of industrial use can be appropriately located close to people’s homes.”
The applicants, S Walsh and Son Ltd, Brett Concrete Limited and Hope Construction Materials, have been approached for comment.