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The Return Of The Goodsyard Monster

February 19, 2020
by the gentle author

The monster proposal for the BIshopsgate Goodsyard which first reared its ugly head in 2015 has returned. The Goodsyard is public land yet this greedy commercial development offers less than a hundred genuinely affordable housing units when the site has the potential to deliver thousands of public homes for Londoners. This beast will blight Spitalfields and Shoreditch for generations to come unless it can be stopped. Details of how to object are below.

The view from Shoreditch High St

The view from Norton Folgate

The view from Great Eastern St

The view from Quaker St

The view from Commercial St

The view from Bethnal Green Rd

The view from Shoreditch High St

The view from Bishopsgate

The view from Commercial St

The view from Elder St

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  1. February 19, 2020

    Obviously, the affordable housing issue is paramount here. Aesthetically, I have no great problem with the lower, stone building (and it isn’t as if the present site is worth preserving in any way). The I-look-as-if-I’m-only-half-completed skyscraper, on the other hand, is not only hideously overbearing but bloody ugly too.

  2. Alex Robertson permalink
    February 19, 2020

    This Is the most effective newsletter/blog you have produced. To be able to see the end result of this horrendous development is so powerful. If only we could see every planning application presented like this, the public could understand the impact.
    Every right minded person must oppose this.

  3. Jamie S permalink
    February 19, 2020

    I fear that what happened at Leman St/Aldgate East with all those appalling ‘mid-town’ high rises will inevitably happen at the Goods Yard. The land has too much commercial value for developers to give up easily. But it’s still worth the good fight as you never know… Starting with everyone writing to the relevant authorities to object

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 19, 2020

    The pictures speak for themselves…say no more!

  5. February 19, 2020

    I can hardly believe (though heaven knows I should be more cynical by now) that this project has been brought back to the table – in however ‘modified’ a form. The ‘before and after’ pictures are particularly helpful in showing what is proposed, and I hope they get circulated as widely as possible. (I have written to all the names on the list.)

  6. Tanya reynolds permalink
    February 19, 2020

    Dreadful news. Thank you for making this so graphically clear

  7. Bailey Jones permalink
    February 19, 2020

    Good luck with this campaign. Decent modern council housing is sorely needed. More hideous high rise monsters are not.

  8. Jane Jones permalink
    February 19, 2020

    Where does the sky feature or daylight fall? Will any of the arcitects, engineers, or designers be living in these excrescences?

    My heart sinks for the wretched people who might live and work there.

  9. February 19, 2020

    For more information about the campaign:

  10. paul loften permalink
    February 19, 2020

    The likelihood of the land being used for public housing grows less with Borris’s Babes there as the final decision-makers. The prospect of allowing more working people, who have votes, as residents in an area that they have designated as their own property for commercial exploitation is simply not on. They will eventually turn Central London into an area that nobody will want to set foot in after 5pm ,not even for a drink!

  11. February 19, 2020

    Great Visualization of the Problem! Hope everything dissolves in pleasure…

    Love & Peace

  12. Penny Creed permalink
    February 19, 2020

    This ten acre site could easily accommodate 1500 homes in a mid-rise scheme. Instead the developers have chosen to propose a scheme of just 500 (only 90 of which will be ‘low cost rent’).

    55% of the 500 will be one bedroom with only 17% family sized (3/4 bed).

    Of course this will probably change with time as the developers further negotiate the affordable housing provision down as they inevitably will.

  13. Kay permalink
    February 19, 2020

    Overdevelopment of an area that will lose much of its history are already in towns/cities that do not really need it, as the identity is lost.

    Also, as we are now trying to eliminate pollution, do developers really think that this is ideal? They will just add more and create havoc

  14. Amanda permalink
    February 20, 2020

    Ingenious graphically graphic imagery.

    Stamping on the inhabitants of a thriving, cohesive community.

    Annialating the everyday atmosphere and the people’s spirit for those who have built Spitalfield’s soul.

    No daylight for residents in the Spitalfields homes swamped under shadows of these selfishly designed money makers

    l find it difficult being a human to know other humans could group together to plot something so utterly destructive and so vile in its design.
    Cantankerously unsimpathetic to the centuries old history here.

    My favourite past time is walking around the historic buildings seeking the fascinating atmosphere of the capital’s ANCIENT conserved heritage.
    l believe this is why visitors come to England.
    At the rate of these obliterations, soon there will be nothing to to see and the revenue from Tourism will dry up.

    The powers already KNOW the intended buildings are cheap and ugly therefore we must follow the GA’s direction and word our letters relevantly to save the deserving people of Spitalfields, their homes, their businesses and their right to quiet enjoyment with daylight.

  15. Andrew Rixon permalink
    February 21, 2020

    This is public land. Developers will make an absolute financial killing if this goes ahead. That’s what it’s all about I think. It is so obviously the wrong thing to build on this site. There is a housing list of 33000. This proposal does not help the situation. Pictures are frightening

  16. Maurice permalink
    February 21, 2020

    This HAS to be stopped. Please everyone, send emails. Our voice needs to be heard.

  17. Kate permalink
    February 23, 2020

    This is absolutely vile. Your clever photo graphs say it perfectly.

  18. March 23, 2020

    Hello, young people at the nearby Bethnal Green School (old Bethnal Green Road) with their Teacher Elaine Aird entered a presentation (2004) on future development of the Birshopsgate Goods Yard. As a group they undertook workshops supported by Planning Aid for London
    a TCPA initiative led by Pat Castledine, I participated as we toured the Boundry Estate, the site
    area and its neighbourhood. A verbal presetation was made by the young people with a slide
    set showing their consideration of past activity there, the street layout changing and their
    proposed new uses, a copy is available in reply to this email missive. (There is also an international dimension to the Boundary Estate, for the LCC Architects had wider horizons).

    Their advocacy is for a variety of dwellings, open sports pitches, paved and planted piazza sitting by restaurants, shops and places to work. Landscape, conservation of historic fabric and new building in such a context – a contemporary development that could match the Boundary Estate in a new way. In lieu of a Mayoral race, exercise public land community planning consultations, with software and pictures please…

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