Bishopsgate Goodsyard Debate | Spitalfields life

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Proposed Goodsyard Towers seen from Elder St, Spitalfields

Proposed Goodsyard Towers seen from Elder St, Spitalfields

As many Spitalfieldslife readers will already know, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London has chosen to bypass the democratic process by ‘calling in’ Hammerson & Ballymore’s Goodsyard development proposals to determine the planning application himself, before the elected councillors of either Tower Hamlets or Hackney even had the chance to vote on them.

In boroughs with a combined total of more than forty thousand on the housing list, widespread concerns have been raised over the scale and nature of these plans which will see monster blocks of luxury flats as tall as Canary Wharf lined up from Shoreditch High St to Brick Lane, casting the Boundary Estate into permanent shadow.

On Monday 16th November at 7pm, The Hackney SocietyMore Light More Power have organised a debate at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch at which John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets & Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney will speak discussing how the proposed development can be challenged.Click here to book a ticket

Meanwhile, this is the largest ‘brown field’ site in Central London and, at this moment of crisis in housing for Londoners, there is an opportunity for the Mayors to champion a ‘model’ social housing scheme on the Goodsyard designed as a complement to the Boundary Estate. Such an endeavour could give hope to those who are struggling and supply the real needs of Londoners who require genuinely affordable homes and work spaces.

Rather than Hammerson & Ballymore’s overblown development which threatens to blight the East End for generations to come, we need to prove that we can match the aspirations of a century ago and leave a legacy which can inspire those who come after us, just as the architects of Arnold Circus have done.

Looking from Boundary Estate looking towards the City

Looking from Boundary Estate looking towards the City

Looking from Boundary Estate looking towards the City with Goodsyard towers

Looking from Boundary Estate looking towards the City with Goodsyard towers

Visualisation of Goodsyard towers

Visualisation of Goodsyard towers

Nature of proposed Goodsyard towers

Nature of proposed Goodsyard towers

Shadows over Boundary Estate caused by proposed Goodsyard towers

Shadows over Boundary Estate caused by proposed Goodsyard towers

Shoreditch High St

Shoreditch High St

Shoreditch High St in future

Shoreditch High St in future

Bethnal Green Rd

Bethnal Green Rd

Bethnal Green Rd in future

Bethnal Green Rd in future

Commercial St & Wheler St

Commercial St & Wheler St

Commercial St & Wheler St in future

Commercial St & Wheler St in future

Great Eastern St

Great Eastern St

Great Eastern St in future

Great Eastern St in future

Commercial St

Commercial St

Commercial St in future

Commercial St in future

Bethnal Green Rd in future

Bethnal Green Rd in future

Aerial view of Shoreditch, London

Aerial view of Shoreditch, London

Click here to sign the petition against the Goodsyard development

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Towers Over The Goodsyard

A Brief History of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Ancient Arches


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