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Bishopsgate demolition must be reassessed, council rules

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The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has inflicted a damaging blow on London Underground's plans to demolish the Bishopsgate Goods Yard viaduct, deciding it has to submit a fresh planning application.

The borough's planners have ruled that the yard and the viaduct - which stands in the way of construction of the proposed East London Line Extension - is one building rather than a series of separate structures. This means that the whole scheme will have to be reassessed by the council's planning committee.

The proposed demolition has been the scene of a running battle between the London Railway Heritage Society and London Underground, which culminated in a High Court ruling last year (AJ 14.11.02). Mr Justice Ouseley told the court that the case was no longer one for the judiciary and that it should return to the council's planning department.

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