Planning Appeal Dismissed for Time Out's Major Food Hall Proposal in Shoreditch

Following a two week inquiry, on 10 August 2018 a planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal made by Time Out Markets Ltd against the refusal by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to grant planning permission for the conversion of a mixed use building (B1/B8) to a "food hall" style restaurant (A3) with capacity for over 500 people in Shoreditch.

The Inspector found that the public benefits of the scheme would not outweigh the "less than substantial" heritage harm which would arise primarily through the replacement of the existing slate roof with a new bitumen roof. In particular, the inspector was not satisfied that other means of sound-proofing the restaurant, but which would not cause heritage harm, had been properly explored.

Katherine Barnes acted for the successful Rule 6 party, the Spitalfields Society, instructed by Town Legal.