Fate of Bell Green Gas Holders to be decided on Thursday 23rd November

The fate of the recently locally listed Gas Holders at Bell Green, Lower Sydenham rests with the Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at Lewisham Council.

Members of the Committee will have to decide whether the planning officer’s recommendation to approve the planning application trumps their cabinet’s decision to locally list the gas holders on 25th October 2017

It was reported at the Cabinet meeting that Malcolm Tucker, one of the country’s leading industrial Engineering Historians and author of the substantial report for English Heritage (now Historic England) “The London Gasholders Survey”, commonly referred to by heritage
bodies has stated that the gasholders in Bell Green are of significant historic
interest due to their construction, design and architecture. His study included
a study of wrought-iron lattice guide frames. 

The Bell Green gasholders are very fine examples, of which there are very few remaining nationally of this earliest form of lattice guide frame with all except the altered example at Kennington are due to disappear.

 

“The gas holders survived bombing raids in world war two”  see this media report:

 

Councillor Alan Hall said: “Bell Green gas holders have survived bombing raids in the second world war but will they survive Lewisham Council’s planning committee next Thursday?”

 

Read the article in the Newsshopper

 

 

One comment

  1. The land would be better used for genuinely affordable accommodation, at the moment is just an overgrown inaccessible site of interest to only a few specialists and not the community in general.

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