Two local authorities co-ordinated their protest against a skyscraper scheme for Bishopsgate Goodsyard in east London by rejecting the idea simultaneously.

Both Hackney and Tower Hamlets have poured scorn on the £880million plans for Shoreditch – which include a 46-storey tower – echoing the sentiments of residents who fear the cluster of buildings, with 1,400 homes, will block out the sun.

Another complaints was the lack of affordable homes, with only 10% on offer well short of the 25% minimum.

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The decision on Thursday (December 10) will add weight to protest about the 11-acre site between Spitalfields and Shoreditch but the ultimate decision will fall to London mayor Boris Johnson who, in the past, has favoured new developments.

The developer Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration, a joint venture between Ballymore and Hammerson, sent no representative to the meeting at Tower Hamlets, a move that was condemned as showing “contempt for the local authority and the citizens”. A representative appeared at the Hackney meeting but did not join in the discussion.

But previously the company has rejected the arguments by protest group More Light More Power .