Shoreditch's Light Bar plans under scrutity

PLANS to revive one of Shoreditch s most iconic buildings are due to be discussed by planning committee members tomorrow (Wednesday) night. Developer Hammerson submitted a revised planning application which saves The Light Bar in Shoreditch High Street to

PLANS to revive one of Shoreditch's most iconic buildings are due to be discussed by planning committee members tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

Developer Hammerson submitted a revised planning application which saves The Light Bar in Shoreditch High Street to Hackney Council last month.

The �500 million Bishops Place regeneration project includes three new skyscrapers on a site between Norton Folgate and Worship Street.

In August Hammerson announced that plans to bulldoze The Light Bar had been scrapped following a campaign by neighbours and businesses.


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The plans are due to be discussed at a meeting of Hackney council's planning committee tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

Pending approval the building's exterior will be revamped and the street-side facade once again made its entrance.

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But the rear extension will be demolished to make way for a garden for 50 social housing flats.

The former Victorian railway power station had been standing in the way of plans to build offices, a hotel and 191 private flats.

A grass-roots campaign to save the building was launched last year with help from Madness frontman Suggs and artist Tracey Emin.

It received a huge boost in February when the council extended the South Shoreditch conservation area to include The Light Bar, forcing Hammerson to go back to the drawing board.

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