Plans to build a vast housing development in Shoreditch will block out the sun for a large number of east Londoners, say campaigners.
A decision on whether to grant permission for the £800million Bishopsgate Goodsyard project was taken up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, such was the scale and strategic importance of the development.
The scheme would create 1,400 homes, featuring redbrick skyscrapers – the tallest being 46-storeys – an elevated 2.5-acre park, shops and cut-throughs to nearby Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
But the More Light, More Power campaign is planning a series of events to highlight massive local opposition to the plans and persuade Boris to halt the controversial development.
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 from November 12-30 between noon and 2pm in the upper gallery of St Leonard’s Shoreditch.
David Donoghue, a spokesperson for the More Light, More Power campaign said “We need as many people as possible to write to Boris and get him to reject outright the proposed scheme to develop the Bishopsgate Goodsyard.
“The objections to this development are legion, but let’s focus on a couple of facts where there can be no dispute. Firstly, this development will create no jobs and makes no provision for the flexible workspace needed by the high tech creative businesses that want to continue to make their home in Tech City.
“More importantly there is no affordable or social housing. Just 200 metres from the birthplace of social housing this development cynically ignores housing policy and fails to provide homes that Londoners can afford.
“But most of all there will be no light. Massive tower blocks – almost as high as Canary Wharf - will deprive local people of light and warmth every day of the year.
“We want everyone who cares about the area to rally to the cause, and help Boris to see the light.”
The debate, featuring mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe will start at 7pm, Monday, November 16, at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch.