Save Brick Lane Campaign Granted Judicial Review

TL; DR: An application for a judicial review requested by the Spitalfields Historic Trust and supporters has been granted by Mrs Justice Lang DBE.

The defendant in the application was Tower Hamlets Council and Interested Party was Old Truman Brewery Limited.

According to the Crowdjustice Save Brick Lane site what this means in plain English is that the judge thinks that the Save Brick Lane campaigners have an arguable case over the planning decision so its merits should be considered at a full hearing.

Save Brick Lane now needs to raise another £20,000 on top of their existing funds which includes the £10,295 pledged on the Crowdjustice site

Save Brick Lane is a coalition of different groups who all oppose Tower Hamlets Council giving planning permission to the Old Truman Brewery for a large corporate office building in Brick Lane. They believe the character of the area will be damaged beyond repair.

To rub salt into their wounds the Planning Application received 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 two of the three Councillors who considered the application at the planning committee hearing approved it.

Wonder if they are up for re-election in May?

You can download the judgement here.