12.9 Former Jewish Maternity Hospital
Councillor Judith Gardiner
Councillor Helal Uddin
- That the former Jewish Maternity Hospital, known affectionately
as ‘Mother Levy’s’, was the only Jewish Maternity hospital in England
and located in four separate buildings in Underwood Road.
- That the buildings form part of the few remaining examples of the
built evidence of the Jewish East End and as such are of important
- That Peabody Housing Trust are legally entitled to apply to
demolish the site and have applied for a ‘prior notice of demolition’
on the site, with the view to applying for permission to build a five
storey block of 33 flats rent, shared ownership and sale on the open
- That Peabody has a duty to optimise the amount of housing they
provide but also to protect the Borough’s heritage.
- An online petition which has been signed by over 400 people
including local councillors opposing the demolition.
- That several notable individuals such as the Director of Jewish
Heritage UK, Chairs of the East London History Society and Jewish East
End Celebration Society and local Councillors have written to the Chief
Executive of Peabody asking him to at least spare the cottages and
convert them to family homes.
- To call on the Mayor to urgently negotiate with Peabody Homes to
prevent the demolition.
- To call on Peabody to reconsider their designs to spare the
cottages or part of the façade to preserve the heritage of the