Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application

MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You called in this planning application for tower blocks of luxury apartments, as high as 48 storeys, after both Tower Hamlets and neighbouring Hackney local authorities rejected the scheme. With virtually little or no apparent benefit to the local community, other than being forced to put with construction related air pollution and congestion, how can you justify this decision which effectively by-passed local accountability?


Answer for Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application

Answer for Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Bishopsgate Goodsyard is a key strategic development site in the City Fringe. It is of London-wide significance and has the potential to deliver much needed housing and workspace, to contribute to the ongoing regeneration of East London and to deliver London Plan objectives. The provision of new jobs and homes on a site that has remained undeveloped for over 50 years is strongly supported, although there were a number of other issues identified in the Stage 1 Report of the 12 December 2014 and in the update report of the 9 September 2015.

The site straddles the boundaries of Tower Hamlets or Hackney and therefore was the subject of two parallel planning applications. The statutory 16 week period for decisions on these applications expired on the 29 December 2014 and 31 December 2014 respectively without either Council having resolved to determine them and the applicant wrote to me on the 15 September 2015 requesting that I take over their determination. I considered a report on these applications on the 23 September 2015 that set out the reasons and justification for me doing so and I subsequently informed both local planning authorities that I would determine them myself.

My initial Stage 1 report, together with the Stage II report and my decision letters are available on the below link.

I will now consider the details and merits of the applications at a Mayoral Planning Hearing but must determine them having regard to the development plan and all relevant material planning considerations. These considerations include, amongst other matters, air pollution, transport implications and public benefits such as affordable housing, public realm and community facilities that would be delivered as part of the scheme.