'A Dark Future for Shoreditch' - Bishopsgate Goods Yard

There is 2 weeks left to let Boris Johnson know what you think about the Bishopsgate Goodsyard proposal from developers Hammerson and Ballymore.

Film opposing the plans called in by Mayor Boris Johnson

The development of the 11 acre site in the heart of Shoreditch will be pivotal for the local economy and residential community.

Developers Hammerson and Ballymore are looking to build 12 buildings across nine plots. The tallest is 177.6m (47 storeys) - that's more than five times the height of the TEA building opposite, equivalent to the Gherkin, BT Tower and Tower 42, and would make it the fourth tallest building in Canary Wharf. 

Most of the development would comprise of apartments, the cheapest of which would be studio flats. Price comparisons with similar nearby developments would suggest these could sell for about £700,000, and one bedroom flats for more than £1 million.

There are five conservation areas and 272 listed buildings in the vicinity.

Both Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils are opposed to the plans and feel they would have a severely detrimental effect on the heart of Shoreditch, and the nearby residents and businesses.  READ MORE   

However, at the request of the developers, the Mayor of London has 'called in' the application meaning he alone will now decide whether to approve it.  

Hackney and Tower Hamlets are urging everyone who has an opinion on the development to contact the Mayor of London before 15th February - mayor@london.gov.uk - these views will have to be considered as part of the planning process.