Illegal demolition of Conservation Area housing at Tower Hamlets condemned by Mayor

London’s Tower Hamlets Council is considering taking legal action following the unauthorised demolition of ‘several’ unlisted properties in the Coldharbour conservation area reports IHBC.

Tower Hamlets Council writes: The council is considering taking legal action following the unprecedented unauthorised demolition of several unlisted properties in the Coldharbour conservation area.

The three properties in East Ferry Road were inspected two years ago by the council, after concerns were raised that they were structurally unsound.

However, detailed inspections by Tower Hamlets’ building control team concluded that the buildings were secure and that it was not necessary to serve a dangerous structure notice.

The council issued several reminders to the property owners explaining that it is a criminal offence to carry out demolition works in conservation areas without planning permission from the local authority.

The demolition has angered many locals and the council is now considering a range of remedial options – including taking legal proceedings. Read the full story here


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