Proposals to build on Shoreditch Park

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to the planning application GLA/4463a/01 for Britannia Leisure Centre in Shoreditch the GLA report stated:" The proposed centre would be entirely located on the existing tennis courts, which lie within Shoreditch Park; therefore, there is no loss of existing green open space, rather the open space lost could be considered previously developed land."  Can you clarify that parts of parks that have hardstanding areas are still classified as open space and have the same status as any other part of a park?


Proposals to build on Shoreditch Park

Proposals to build on Shoreditch Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Shoreditch Park is a locally designated open space and the tennis courts, which lie within the park, also have this designation. Paragraphs 37 – 40 of my stage 1 consultation response set this out. It was also noted, however, that as the tennis courts are considered to be previously developed land, the proposals will not result in the loss of existing green park land.


The proposals involve the tennis courts being re-provided on the roof of the new building, but in accordance with London Plan Policy 7.18 and draft Policy G4 of the draft London Plan, the loss of the tennis court open space at ground level must be offset by equivalent or better-quality provision within the local catchment area. As table 4 in my stage 1 report notes, the applicant is re-providing a significant quantum of open space; however, to ensure that there is no net loss and to fully justify the development on designated open space, in accordance with London Plan Policy 7.18 and draft London Plan Policy G4, my report noted that the applicant must explore opportunities to provide an additional ‘bettered’ open space.