Though Boris Johnson will ultimately decide, on 10 December both local planning committees voted to reject the plans on the recommendation of their officers, Tower Hamlets voted unanimously and Hackney by 6 votes to 1.
None of the developers turned up to defend their scheme, which was seen as showing contempt for local people and for the process.
Both authorities are now urging the Mayor of London not to ignore public opinion—while both local mayors have hinted there could be action in the courts if he ignores the impact on the environment and the lack of affordable homes contravening London’s legal planning guidelines.
Meanwhile Hackney Council has launched a poster campaign urging people to tell Boris Johnson to reject the plans. They have also made a short film telling people to write to Boris Johnson.