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Bishopsgate Goodsyard: Boris set to refuse first 'call in'

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Mayoral planning advisers have recommended Boris Johnson refuse the controversial, high-rise Bishopsgate Goodsyard in Shoreditch

If Johnson agrees with his officials and throws out the huge mixed-use scheme - designed by a team led by PLP Architecture with FaulknerBrowns Architects and BuckleyGrayYeoman - it will the first time he has rejected a proposal where he has taken over as planning authority. Johnson, who steps down as mayor next month, has a 100 per cent record of approving developments he has called in, having waved through 15 schemes to date.  

He is set to rule on the outline plans for the 1,356-home City Fringe scheme at a public hearing on Monday 18 April.

The report by staff at the Greater London Authority claims the development around Shoreditch High Street station would have ’very significant negative impacts’ on the surrounding buildings.

The document reads: ’The proposed development does not accord with the development plan in terms of neighbourhood amenity impacts, specifically daylight/sunlight.

’This indicates that the density, height, massing and layout of the scheme are not appropriate for this site.’

The report states that the developers behind the £800 million project, Hammerson and Ballymore, had already come back with ’slight variations on the current proposals’ but that the amendments did not allay the planners’ concerns.

The document continues: ’Officers are of the view that a more comprehensive scheme redesign is required’.

Johnson called in the contentious proposals in September, citing fears that the local authorities, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, were taking too long to rule on the plans.

Both boroughs went on to ‘refuse’ the plans for the former goodsyard plot, even though the final decision had been taken out of their hands by Johnson. As well as the scale of the scheme, the authorities were also concerned at the low level of affordable housing proposed in the development - less than 16 per cent.

A spokesperson for the developers said: ’We are disappointed that the GLA’s report has recommended the scheme for refusal. The goodsyard is one of central London’s most important strategic sites which we believe will contribute to the long-term growth and success of London.’

To date a petition against the development has attracted 11,000 signatures.

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  • If Boris flies in the face of the blindingly obvious he deserves the same fate as Icarus.

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