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A Legal Challenge To Stop The Truman Brewery Shopping Mall

October 15, 2021
by the gentle author

Photograph by Sarah Ainslie


We are seeking to overturn Tower Hamlets’ Council’s appalling decision to approve the Truman Brewery’s application to build a shopping mall with four floors of corporate offices in the face of massive local opposition.

The planning application received a record 7,487 letters of objection, a letter of opposition signed by 140 Brick Lane traders and a letter of objection signed by 556 local residents. Despite this overwhelming public rejection of the scheme, two councillors approved the application at a planning committee of only three people.

To pursue our legal challenge, we are employing Susan Ring of top environmental lawyers Harrison Grant who successfully won the Judicial Review at the High Court earlier this year to Save the Bethnal Green Mulberry, revealing that Tower Hamlets Council acted unlawfully.

At this stage, we are raising £5000 to pay Susan Ring and her expert colleagues to go through the council’s highly irregular process of decision making on the Truman Brewery application in forensic detail and clarify whether there are legal grounds for a Judicial Review to quash the decision.


Click here to learn more and contribute to our legal fighting fund


A big block on Brick Lane

Shopping mall

Corporate plaza


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3 Responses leave one →
  1. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 15, 2021

    Let’s hope Susan Ring can work her magic again for another very worthy cause…

    The current proposal is wrong, wrong, wrong!

  2. mlaiuppa permalink
    October 15, 2021

    Can this same method be used to save the Whitechapel Bell foundry?

    I’m so pleased to hear the Bethnal Green Mulberry has been saved. But I wouldn’t rest on my Laurels. Like all big corporations, they will keep at it until they are able to cut that tree down and build their obscenity. Same goes for this mall and the Bell foundry. If you are not on constant vigil, they push things through in the middle of the night and before you know it, it’s gone.

    I’ve seen it happen locally over and over. You can never rest.

  3. paul loften permalink
    October 15, 2021

    Not another mall ! They are soulless destroyers of humanity. A rare visit to our local mall leaves me in a state of depression . I cant get out quick enough.

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