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Tower Hamlets gives extension thumbs-up

THE ON-OFF saga of the proposed £600 million extension to London Underground's East London Line bounced back to life last week after a key council ruling in its favour.

Planners at Tower Hamlets Borough Council said planning permission was not needed to knock down parts of the Bishopsgate Goods Yard, a listed building on the route of the extensions. Last month the council told LU that the planning permission it was using was invalid, raising fears the scheme could be axed.

A long wait to gain new planning permission would have killed off the scheme, which has already been delayed two years, but the council has said it would not challenge the demolition.

Tower Hamlets is one of two councils that need to approve the demolition if the scheme is to proceed. LU is lobbying the second - Hackney Borough Council - to come to the same conclusion.