Old Truman Brewery in London to become office and shopping complex
Local councillors have defied months of campaigning, protests and thousands of objection letters to approve plans for an office block and shopping complex on Brick Lane, the London district at the heart of the UK’s Bangladeshi diaspora.
According to the plan, approved on Tuesday night, the historic Old Truman Brewery buildings, currently home to hundreds of small businesses, are to become the basis for a new “office-led mixed-use development containing retail and restaurants”.
Critics of the scheme say it would place a “multi-storey shopping mall” in the heart of the Bangladeshi community in Britain. “Local businesses and people will be driven out through rising rents,” said Apsana Begum, Labour MP for the neighbouring Poplar and Limehouse constituency.
But supporters insist developers have given Tower Hamlets council assurances that small businesses …
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