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Bishop’s Place plans delayed

Revised plans for Hammerson’s £700 million Bishop’s Place scheme in London are unlikely to be submitted until the new year.

The developer is considering a mixed-use proposal for the east London site and a fresh planning application is likely to be submitted to Hackney Borough Council early in 2009.

The council deferred planning permission for the scheme in July, requesting that Hammerson and its architect, Foster + Partners, re-examine the possible inclusion of the existing Light Bar.

Hammerson said it would not be able to keep the bar and still maintain the quality of building design and permeability of the site. A 51-storey skyscraper is planned to take its place.