On the front line. Shoreditch threaten by city expansion.

(Taken from http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/04/396084.html)

(Artists impression of the new tower blocks
Artists impression of the new tower blocks

Ken Livingstone’s ‘London Plan’ sets out an image of Shoreditch taken over by a forest of towers comprising nearly two million sq ft of new City offices. Control of 13 acres of land has been handed over to private developers Hammerson and Ballymore.

Already planned for the area directly behind the squatted warehouse:
* one 11 storey block
* one 16-32 storey block
* one 51 storey block
* one 14 storey block
* one 6 storey block providing 11 token ‘affordable’ rental units.

The image shows an artists impression of just the first stages of this expansion of the city into the East End. The red circle shows the location of the squatted warehouse within the image and ironically it also shows the adjacent building which was demolished without planning consent a couple of years ago.

The proposed developments don’t end there and ultimately threaten not just the little squatted warehouse but the whole terrace of buildings along the high street frontage.

There are strong feelings against the plans among the local community which is likely to be almost totally wiped out by the expansion of the city. Hundreds of local residents and businesses, the long-established local artistic community and English Heritage strongly objected to the proposals which pave the way for further soulless development.

For more info see…

The new STOP THE CITY campaign portal site, featuring:

Open Shoreditch Campaign http://www.openshoreditch.net/

Campaign to ‘stop the block’ http://www.saveshoreditch.com/ and their campaign video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeQU22OTq0w

The historic Light Pub also has a campaign to save it from being demolished to make way for a new gigantic office block http://www.savethelight.co.uk/

Also see press coverage:

An article in the Evening Standard here http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23430365-details/Campaign+to+save+bar+on+historic+site+from+developer%27s+bulldozers/article.do

Property Week article http://www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=39&storycode=3104486&featurecode=12137

More press here http://www.savethelight.co.uk/Press.aspx

Galloway adds voice to the fight http://respectuk.blogspot.com/2008/04/george-galloway-steps-up-to-save-light.html

Planning application details on Hackney Website http://www.hackney.gov.uk/servapps/MVM/Online/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningTechAppraisalPK.xml&PARAM0=75864&XSLT=/servapps/MVM/SiteFiles/Skins/hackney/xslt/PL/PLTechAppraisalDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/servapps/MVM/SiteFiles/Skins/hackney/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING

The area has already changed massively with the old railway lines and bridges demolished to make way for the expansion of the city. Below is a photo of Bowl Court when the railway arches were still there directly opposite the warehouses.

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