Hackney Council approved plans to extend the Shoreditch Conservation Area last night in a meeting of the full council.

It is a move which could impact Hammerson’s plans for its £500m Bishop’s Place development as the extension will see greater protection applied to the Light Bar on Shoreditch High Street. The new conservation area will incorporate the existing Shoreditch High Street and other boundary changes.

The Light Bar’s operator James Goff has been campaigning for the bar, which is located on part of Hammerson’s development site, to be included in the conservation area. Inclusion in the conservation area means the bar cannot be demolished without consent.

In August last year Hammerson’s planning application to develop the Foster & Partners-designed scheme on Norton Folgate was deferred pending the outcome of the conservation review.

Hackney’s cabinet on Monday recommended the report for approval .

Martin Jepson, Hammerson managing director for London Group, said: ‘We are understandably frustrated by the London Borough of Hackney's full council decision to include 233 Shoreditch High Street within the South Shoreditch High Street Conservation Area.

‘We remain committed to the development opportunity and are confident that we can deliver up a landmark regeneration scheme whilst respecting the revised conservation area designation. We will now review our options in light of the recent decision and will look to work closely with both London Borough of Hackney and local stakeholders in moving this regeneration project forward.’

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