A redesign of PLP Architecture’s £900 million Bishopsgate Goodsyard development in Shoreditch could take up to a year, according to the backers of the controversial City fringe project
Campaigners opposed to the original planning application by developers Ballymore and Harrison claimed victory in April after a final decision on the scheme was indefinitely postponed ‘to address the concerns’ raised by Greater London Authority planning officers.
Had the public meeting gone ahead, it would have been the final planning decision taken by former London mayor Boris Johnson who, up until that point, had approved every scheme which he had bee asked to rule on.
In its annual accounts released today, Hammerson confirmed that the scheme, designed by PLP with FaulknerBrowns Architects and BuckleyGrayYeoman, will now be redrawn.
It said: ‘The application was called in by the mayor of London in September 2015 and in April 2016, following the GLA’s planning officers’ recommendation to refuse the application, the mayor agreed to defer the application to allow further consultation with the new mayoral administration to redesign elements of the proposed development over the next 12 months.’
Proposals for the 4.2 hectare site in Shoreditch were submitted in June 2015, featuring 270,000m² of mixed-use development.
But the plans were fiercely opposed, due both to the scale of the towers and the lack of affordable housing in the scheme.
A report by Greater London Authority planners earlier this year said that the development would have ‘very significant negative impacts’ on surrounding buildings.
Their report said: ’Officers are of the view that a more comprehensive scheme redesign is required.’
In April, following the deferral of a decision on the scheme by Johnson, Hackney mayor Jules Pipe said: ‘Let’s hope that the developers now take a creative, collaborative approach with Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils, local residents, businesses and community groups to build something which works for everyone, not just their bottom line.
‘There is so much more potential for this site than simply the developer’s ambition to cash in on luxury flats.’