Over 70 objections raised to Vallance Road demolition

Vallance Road Whitechapel. Pic: Alex Pink

Vallance Road Whitechapel. Pic: Alex Pink

Plans to demolish an old terraced building on Vallance Road in Whitechapel are being reviewed by Tower Hamlets Council, following the receipt of 73 letters of objection.

The letters of objection were received during a consultation period on the plans, which ended last Tuesday.

Building conservation group East End Preservation Society(EEPS) was amongst those expressing a “strong objection” to the plans.

William Palin, a campaigner from the organisation, said: “In light of the massive public response to this case, I hope that the Council will withdraw the application and rethink.”

The Council had proposed for the building to be demolished as it is in a state of disrepair and could pose a risk to public safety.

The EEPS highlighted that the terraced building is the last fragment of the Pavilion Theatre complex – one of London’s largest theatres dating back to 1858.

Given this historical significance, the society said the building, which is located within the Whitechapel Market conservation area, should be preserved.

A new report will be submitted to the Council’s Development Committee in February or March, and will finally have to be reviewed by central Government.

A spokesperson from the Council said: “As the Council cannot determine its own applications for demolition in a conservation area, the case would then be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for a final decision.”

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