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Brick Lane development plan approved

Words: Huw Morris
Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

Controversial plans for a mixed-use development comprising retail, restaurants and offices in Brick Lane, east London, have been approved.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets development committee voted by two votes to one for the plans which would see the Truman Brewery redeveloped into a part five-storey building which would also comprise a gym and rooftop and storage space. 

A report to the committee recommended approval after finding the Old Truman Brewery Ltd proposal would be consistent with development plan policy for the site and would enhance the character and appearance of the Brick Lane and Fournier Street Conservation Area, as well as preserving the setting of nearby listed buildings. 

The scheme would also contribute to local employment and training, apprenticeships, affordable workspace and independent retail through planning obligations, the report said.

Heritage groups, residents and local business owners had opposed the proposals with almost 7,500 objections made against the scheme. The Spitalfields Trust described the proposal as “an ugly shopping mall”, which would “undermine the authentic cultural quality of Brick Lane”.

The brewery, which closed in 1989, was founded in 1666 and supplied Imperial Stout to Russia and IPA to the British Raj.

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