The furore over the Bishopsgate Goodsyard is unlikely to go away any time soon for Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs.
A decision on whether to grant permission for the £800million project in Shoreditch was taken up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson earlier this year, such was the scale and strategic importance of the development.
But the proposals , which include 1,400 homes and 46-storey skyscrapers, have many detractors. Many believe it could damage Shoreditch’s bustling digital economy, as well as blocking out the sunlight for local residents.
Councillor Harun Miah (Ind, Shadwell) is set to ask the Mayor to clarify his position on the development in the Tower Hamlets Council meeting on Wednesday November 18.
In a question sent to mayor Biggs, Cllr Miah wrote: “Boris Johnson’s decision to take control of the proposed redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard comes after an appeal from the developers and has the effect of preventing Tower Hamlets and Hackney councillors deciding the scheme in planning committee where local people can raise objections easily.
“The project... has been slated by local campaign groups who fear it will drive out the area’s creative industries, force local traders on Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road out of business and cast a shadow over local housing estates.
“What is the personal and official position as Mayor of Tower Hamlets about the Goodsyard development with 43 and 46 storeys Tower blocks?”
A rally will take place at the site on Sunday, November 15, along with a debate on Monday, November 16, which will be attended by the mayors of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
An exhibition, entitled Bad Goodsyard?, will be shown until Monday, November 30 between noon and 2pm in the upper gallery of St Leonard’s Shoreditch.
Planners hope a decision on the site can be made by the end of 2016.