The future of the former Bishopsgate goods yard site in Shoreditch is now in the hands of the Mayor of London.
Final plans for the scheme feature around 1,300 homes in 12 buildings, along with a park and the renovation of the former Bishopsgate station building, which has sat derelict since the 1960s.
The site borders both Tower Hamlets and Hackney and, as it is of such significant scale, the two councils have referred the application to the Mayor of London’s office.
The decision has been called in due to the project’s “potential strategic importance”, along with the complicated nature of complaints surrounding the application. Planners hope it can be passed by the end of 2016.
Protestors had suggested such a scheme could massively affect Shoreditch’s bustling hipster economy, and could price many small businesses out of the area.
As well as redbrick skyscrapers – the tallest being 46-storeys – the £800million plans feature an elevated 2.5-acre park, shops and cut-throughs to nearby Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
A hearing for the case is yet to be scheduled.