Spitalfields Community Group

Welcome to the website of Spitalfields Community Group. SCG was founded in 2011 to respresent those who live and work in the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward. We now have over 200 members. We run regular events for our members and campaign on a number of issues that our members tell us are important for the area, often those with a licensing or planning element.

Latest news

24th March Shawarma, 84 Brick Lane, E1 6RL. SCG has objected to the application for the supply of late night refreshments on the grounds that the proposed hours (2am daily) are completely excessive and would extend ASB throughout the night. Our objection letter can be read here.

1st March. LBTH last night refused the application for a licence at 106 Commercial Street for Time Out Market. We very much welcome this news - the plans are out of proportion to the small, enclosed site and the premises in the heart of the CIZ.

14th February. 2-10 Cobb St (PA/16/03242). SCG objected to plans to demolish these buildings. These plans were refused by LBTH on 7th February.

3rd February SCG objected to the off-sales element of an application for Hub by Premier Inn, Silwex House, Quaker St. This aspect of the application has recently been withdrawn.

18th January Time Out Market, 106 Commercial St (PA/16/03535). SCG has objected to the plans for the stables site on Commercial St. We believe the scale of the project are out of proportion to a site with such limited accessibility. We are also concerned that the emphasis of the establishment appears to be on alcohol consumption rather than the stated 'fine dining'. For both of these reasons we fear the development will cause significant problems for local residents and businesses alike. Our objection letter to LBTH can be read here.

3rd January SCG has objected to a licence application for late-night refreshment (until 1.30am/2am) and sale of alcohol at Sakana Sushi, 43a Commercial St. The premises is within the CIZ and would add to drinking capacity in the area. We believe the hours applied for are excessive and would lead to late-night disturbances for local residents. Our objection letter can be read here.

3rd January SCG objected to the off-sales element of an application for Hub by Premier Inn, Silwex House, Quaker St. We have few concerns about alcohol consumption in a hotel bar but we see no reason for alcohol to be removed from the premises and consumed on the streets. Our objection letter can be read here.

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Wonky Panels

Our occasional contributor takes a sideways look at Spitalfields.

A Yankee at the stables

" Under a high, red, rubbed-brick arch that quietly looms over the wide, trendy, Tribeca-esque city street whose bleakly literal name, simply and persuasively bestowed, is “Commercial”, a few doors down from modern fashion house All Saints but light years away in style, is the narrow, tardis-like entrance to an astonishing survivor from another age. Inside, a towering courtyard opens out in a way that puts you in mind of an Italian opera house, with galleries and offices on three levels ascending under the wide span of a pitched slate and framed glass roof. Here was the old stable block that served Spitalfields Market and surrounding streets going back two hundred years or more, before the age of the modern motor vehicle, when goods were transported in and out of the wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower markets all by horse-drawn cart, and when I saw this great edifice some ten or so years ago now (though I do not know exactly what has become of it since), it was scarcely altered since those times." Read more