HC Deb 25 April 1910 vol 17 cc219-20W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the proposal for the erection of fifteen blocks of dwellings upon the site of the Ironmongers' Almshouses in Kingsland Road, nearly an acre of which is planted with fine old trees, and has been laid out as a garden for 200 years; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take to prevent this last remaining garden city feature of Shoreditch being sacrificed to the builder in a district which has a density of 540 persons per acre?


My attention has been called to the subject of the question, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend concerning it.


asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the fact that in 1908 the Charity Commissioners declined in the public interest to sanction the proposed sale of the Ironmongers' Almshouses, Kingsland Road, and the erection of fifteen blocks of lofty buildings on the site thereof, after hearing the local authority, the National Trust, the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association thereon, he could see his way to lodge an appeal against the recent decision in the Court of Chancery in an action commenced before 1802, wherein the local authority and the above societies were refused a locus standi, so as to prevent the destruction of the last remaining garden city feature in an area where the density is 540 persons per acre?


I am afraid that the prospects of success are not sufficient to justify me in advising the appeal suggested.