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Turning traffic blackspot green' wins award for Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 16:11 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:09 05 October 2010

A SCHEME turning one of London's busiest traffic gyratory systems into a new public open space with shops and homes has won a planning award for the local authority. The Aldgate Masterplan has scooped the Best Conceptual Project' accolade at this year's London Planning awards

A SCHEME turning one of London’s busiest traffic gyratory systems into a new public open space with shops and homes has won a planning award for the local authority.

The Aldgate Masterplan has scooped the Best Conceptual Project’ accolade for Tower Hamlets council at this year’s London Planning awards.

Part of Whitechapel’s infamous traffic blackspot known as the Aldgate gyratory’ has been closed off, close to where the busy A11 and A13 cross over the London Ring Road, once known as Gardiner’s Corner for the former department store symbolising the gateway to the East End’ from the City.

The gyratory was scrapped last year and traffic returned to two-way flow along Whitechapel High Street, after 40 years, freeing up a space where a new public park is being laid out ready for November. The park is being paid for by planning gain’ money from property developers in exchange for local authority planning permits.

London Mayor Boris Johnson described the scheme as a contribution to the capital’s role as a major world city.

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