Plans for Brick Lane 'hijab' arches pulled at eleventh hour

PLANS for the controversial hijab-shape archways at the entrance to Brick Lane have been withdrawn at the eleventh hour. The proposals which triggered a flood of criticism from residents were due to be discussed by Tower Hamlets council s Development

PLANS for the controversial 'hijab-shape' archways at the entrance to Brick Lane have been withdrawn at the eleventh hour.

The proposals which triggered a flood of criticism from residents were due to be discussed by Tower Hamlets council's Development Committee tonight.

But Town Hall bosses confirmed this afternoon the applications had been taken off the agenda to give the council more time.

A statement issued by the council said: "Due to the large amount of public interest shown over the proposed Brick Lane arches, the planning applications have been withdrawn to allow time to build upon the extensive community engagement and consultation the council has already done."

The Town Hall agreed to extend its public consultation which ended last month after bending to public pressure.

Critics have branded the design as the "religious domination" of one section of the community which is cutting across the East End's cohesive image.

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But council chiefs believe it reflects the many cultures that have occupied Brick Lane over the centuries.