More than 7,000 Londoners oppose plans to build a shopping center in Brick Lane

More than 7,000 people opposed plans to build a shopping center and corporate offices in east London.

The developers want to build a five-story office building, roof, storage space, gymnasium and shopping center on the site of the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

Formerly the largest brewery in the world, it is now home to arts businesses, independent boutiques, galleries, market stalls and restaurants.

The Evening Standard reports that heritage groups, residents and existing business owners are opposing the plans after saying the proposals conflicted with the style of the area.

Opponents say the building could obscure the view of the brewery’s Grade II listed fireplace and many questioned whether office space was needed given the work-from-home revolution that has occurred due to the Covid pandemic -19.

Many office spaces in London are currently empty as companies have lost revenue over the past year and have therefore decided to close their offices.

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The developers behind the proposals say there has been “extensive consultation” with council, local residents, workers and businesses.

They say the plans are a “high quality design with appropriate uses” in the face of objections.

Local authority planning officers recommended the project be approved by its planning committee on Tuesday.

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Peggy P. Gilmore