Today the groups - the Spitalfields Community Group and the Spitalfields Historic Building Trust - announce their intention to commission an alternative scheme for the 9,000 square metre site of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange, Dorset Street and the White’s Row multi-storey car park – roughly the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium.
The developers proposal, primarily for offices and shops on the site but with no housing, and designed by architects, Bennetts Associates - was unanimously rejected last Tuesday by all five members of Tower Hamlets planning committee. The rejection was in the face of recommendation for approval from Tower Hamlets own planning department.
The councillors are to be highly commended for the wisdom and courage - and for heeding the voices of more than 500 local objectors and petitioners to the proposed scheme.
However, the planning permission has only been deferred, and will go back to LBTH Planning Committee, quite possibly in the next few weeks.