Sunday, 2 October 2011

Clapton heritage vandalism update

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Back in June, Hackney Hive reported on local concerns about the work undertaken without planning consent on the former Ship Aground pub at 144 Lea Bridge Road, a building of townscape merit within Lea Bridge conservation area (Hackney Hive - Ship Aground).

At the same time, Millfields Blog published, for the public record, a copy of the letter sent to Hackney setting out the concerns and the action requested: Heritage Vandalism
Since then, Cllr Linda Kelly has worked with council officers, local residents and the owners of the building to try to resolve the matter (as far as is possible, given the scale of the damage). Many thanks to Cllr Kelly for her efforts.
On 22 September, following the failure of the owners of the building to meet a series of extended deadlines for submitting a new planning application, Hackney’s enforcement team opened a formal Section 215 case to pursue the essential works that are required. The notice will ensure that the building is made weather proof to an acceptable standard in the first instance. The owners will need to submit a method statement to satisfy the Council of the nature of the works and be given a time period within which to comply. Should the owners fail to receive planning permission (and subject to any appeal against that decision) then they will be required to restore the building envelope to its original condition. We’ll provide further updates as we receive them.

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