Have your say on future of Bishopsgate Goods Yard

Hackney residents are being given the chance to have their say on ways to transform a disused railway goods yard during a six week consultation.

Bishopsgate Goods Yard is equivalent in size to nine and a half football pitches and will be home to the new Shoreditch High Street station on the East London line due to open in summer 2010.

Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils and the Mayor of London have produced draft planning guidance for the 4.7 hectare site to help shape its future.

The guidance sets out a framework to help developers draw up plans and tells them what the Councils, Mayor of London, local residents and businesses expect.

It suggests the area could provide up to 2,000 new homes, including affordable housing, offices, business space, shops, restaurants, a health centre and other community facilities.

A new park on top of the railway arches (Braithwaite Viaduct) is suggested to complement nearby open spaces such as Allen Gardens.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Bishopsgate Goods Yard offers a great opportunity to develop a large disused area into a new neighbourhood with new homes, business space and with the Braithwaite Viaduct carrying a new park. Any new development must contribute to the surrounding area and we want to hear from local residents and businesses on what they want to see here.”

The public consultation on the draft interim planning guidance for Bishopsgate Goods Yard runs from 23 February to 6 April.

Drop in sessions
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LT
26 February from 10am-2pm

St Hildas Community Centre, 18 Club Row, London E1
10 March from 4pm - 8pm

Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
22 March from 12-4pm

Site Visits
Limited numbers available. Phone 020 8356 7740 to book

FREEPOST NAT 18925, London Borough of Hackney, Strategic Delivery Team, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT


020 8356 7740



1. The Braithwaite Viaduct at Bishopsgate Goods Yard is Grade II listed.

2. The draft guidance out to consultation incorporates feedback from residents and businesses in June and July 2008.