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General Discussion / Re: Right to Light
« Last post by Dana on May 19, 2019, 04:51:37 PM »
I've heard about a letter written by the residents who oppose the development. Would anybody like to assist with getting signatures to such a letter (and/or drafting or revising such a letter?)
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General Discussion / Re: Right to Light
« Last post by Dana on May 19, 2019, 04:44:06 PM »
I've heard about a letter that residents want to put forward to stop this development (this development was already once intensely opposed). Would anybody be interested in helping to generate signatures to such a letter from residents that oppose the construction works (and/or contribute to drafting such a letter)?
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General Discussion / Re: Right to Light
« Last post by JM1 on May 18, 2019, 01:01:08 AM »
http://democracy.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Data/Development%20Committee/20050223/Minutes/$Reuters.doc.pdf

They were already granted planning permission back in 2004 for multiple blocks as per the link above & development of the site is mentioned in a report by Thames Water this year saying the sewage system canít cope with all the redevelopment.

 It looks like Reuterís are pushing on with their plans now they are warning of loss of light!
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General Discussion / Re: Right to Light
« Last post by Fizz on May 16, 2019, 11:31:44 PM »
As far as I can work out this doesn't necessarily mean they intend to build anything, the unlimited height is an imaginary obstruction which they want to use to flush out how much opposition there will be to building higher.
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General Discussion / Re: Right to Light
« Last post by JM1 on May 16, 2019, 01:29:51 PM »
We have also received this in Studley Court as it is directly opposite our building. Worrying that they mention an opaque structure of unlimited height. This would block all our natural light & I would certainly oppose this.
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General Discussion / Right to Light
« Last post by Fizz on May 16, 2019, 09:20:03 AM »
I and I believe all residents in Wotton Court have received a copy of an application under section 2 of the Right of Light Act 1959 from the owner of Blackwall Yard (copy attached).  I believe this is in effect means they are applying to be able to build a structure which would block the light to Wotton Court.

Any thoughts what action we should be taking, should we be disputing?
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Does anybody have knowledge of the details of the works being undertaken and why it costs c. £200,000?

So far there has been a barge moored by the property for a few weeks. There are wooden beams on it that the workers cut with a chainsaw. From what I could observe, some horizontal wooden beams along the top of the wall have been replaced. And some thinner wooden vertical beams have been attached to existing vertical beams.

For this cost I has thought there might be some back filling (e.g. with concrete) to be undertaken behind the wall.  Or installation of (long lasting) steel sheet piles, as has been installed by the Trinity Buoy Wharf development.

Tangentially, the contract size appears to be quite large compared to the company's net assets (WPH Ltd dba WPH Marine Construction). Its 2018 accounts show net assets of £96,872.
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General Discussion / Re: Ground Rent review clause
« Last post by Christopher Newport on May 15, 2019, 08:29:04 PM »
I would think the best solution is to get together as a large group of residents. Seeking to challenge increases solo or in pairs versus a large organisation has limited negotiating power.

For those balking at near term legal costs, consider the cumulative cost of increased ground rent levels p.a. going forward.  Then the impact when future increases are applied to the new higher level.  And the potential impact on property valuations.

https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/whats-the-problem-with-doubling-ground-rent-clauses-in-leaseholds#can-the-cost-of-ground-rent-increase
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