Campaigners stage black umbrella protest in Shoreditch against proposed development

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Campaigners stage black umbrella protest in Shoreditch against proposed development

A group of protesters gathered in Shoreditch today to campaign against the redevelopment of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site.

The site has been vacant for a number of years, and now a property group wants to convert the site into flats, offices and retail space, with the proposals including several high-rise tower blocks.

Locals from the More Light, More Power campaign argue that they are not against developing the site, but that the present proposals don't offer enough affordable housing or work space and that the tower blocks would cut off light to the surrounding areas.

The decision has been "called in" by the mayor Boris Johnson, who will make the decision on whether the development goes ahead.

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said, “More than a year ago an application was submitted to the local authorities and a formal request has now been made to the Mayor to take over as planning authority. Bishopsgate Goodsyard, which has stood derelict for over 50 years, is the biggest site around Tech City in east London and would create hundreds of jobs and homes for Londoners. The Mayor has decided to call in the application and will consider all of the planning issues before taking a decision in due course."

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