The historic Bishopsgate Goods Yard, which has been dormant for 40 years, is to be redeveloped.
The Mayor of London and Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils have approved new planning guidance that will shape the future of a 4.7 hectare site in Shoreditch that straddles the borough boundaries.
The planning guidance lays out the vision for the site’s future regeneration, which could provide up to 2,000 new homes, including family and affordable housing, along with a health centre, community facilities and employment space.
An exciting feature of proposed development will be the creation of a high-level public park above the Braithwaite Viaduct, with links to existing green spaces such as Allen Gardens – to create a Shoreditch version of the famous New York High Line park. These plans will see up to 1.7 hectares of open space created for the local community.
Tower Hamlets councillor Marc Francis said: “After sitting there unused for 40 years, it really is time to see this site brought back to life. The new Shoreditch station will open on the East London Line extension next summer and it’s the perfect catalyst for the site’s regeneration.”
The local authorities have worked closely with the future developers Ballymore Group and Hammerson Plc and with urban designers Terry Farrell and Partners to produce the planning guidance.
They will now work with Transport for London to implement public realm improvements to provide an attractive setting for the new station. They will also consider temporary uses for the Braithwaite arches, such as shops, leisure facilities and cultural uses, to generate activity at the site before comprehensive redevelopment takes place.