An Unimplementable Planning Brief

The brief for the Bishopgate Goods Yard states that one of the key equirements for the new development, is that it should ‘integrate with the surrounding area, taking into account the local character.’

On page 99 of the Design and Access Statement the applicant duly agrees that the first principle of their development is to ‘ensure the site integrates with the surrounding area, taking into account the local character.’ However, in section 3.1.20 of the same document the applicant says ‘It [the proposed development] will be a new place with its own distinct scale, identity and character; it will not attempt to become a seamless part of the existing neighbourhood.’

What a hostage to fortune, I dont disagree with the principle of tall buildings on this rare central London opportunity site, but with little remaining above ground level its was always going to be a site that has its own character, rather than mimicking a Georgian streetscape.

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