Published: 27th May 2020

The government has quashed planning permission to build more than 1,500 homes on the Isle of Dogs following a legal battle with Tower Hamlets Council. The London borough took action after the communities secretary Robert Jenrick approved plans to build 1,524 homes on the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs in January. In March, the council initiated legal action against the secretary of state, alleging that the timing of the decision appeared to show bias in deciding to allow the appeal. The Westferry Printworks decision was made just one day before the council adopted changes to its CIL levels, which would mean the developer had to pay between £30 million and £50m more to the council. The council asked the court to order the government to disclose documents that it argued would show the secretary of state was influenced by a desire to help the developer save money … (To read the full article, subscribe below)