We will be live-tweeting tonights Tower Hamlets Development Committee meeting where they will decide whether to approve the Truman Brewery's plans to build a shopping mall and corporate offices on #BrickLane

You can watch proceedings here from 6:30PM:

A reminder from Bangladeshis across the world on why #BrickLane matters to them and the wider Bengali community.

Councillors present at the previous planning meeting and inside the council hall will be allowed to vote on today's decision.
Paul Buckingham, who is Tower Hamlet's Development manager, is recommending councillors approve the Truman Brewery Development.
Tower Hamlets Planning Officer Patrick Harmsworth presenting why the council should approve the proposed shopping mall and offices on top at the Truman Brewery.
7,122 people sent in letters opposing the Truman Brewery development in April 2021. Only 80 letters in support were sent through.
Chair Abdul Mukit asking Tower Hamlets planning officers their opinion on the corporate companies that will come into the area and their impact on local businesses.
Patrick Harmsworth from Tower Hamlets Council: "We are cognisant of levels of objection, but planning deals with the building not the occupants."
Mukit asking again about the impact corporate companies could have on local businesses and how rising prices and poverty has driven out previous communities, including Huguenots and Irish.
Buckingham pushes back and says the planning system has no power to change or impact that reality. Pitiful.
Patrick Harmsworth thinks the Truman Brewery's proposed changes to the building aesthetic will not attract too many corporate clients
Kevin Brady says he will vote in favour of the Truman Brewery's application and believes it would be pointless to decline as it would be approved in an appeal.
Abdul Mukit says he is not convinced by the Truman Brewery's application and says he will be voting against the proposal.
Kahar Choudhry will be voting for the application and said rejecting the proposal would be "unfair" to the applicant, i.e. Truman Brewery.
BREAKING: Tower Hamlets Planning Committee has voted for the Truman Brewery proposal.

Kevin Brady (@Kevin_J_Brady) and Kahar Chowdhury (@KaharChowdhury) voted for the proposal.

Abdul Mukit (@mukitmbe) voted against it.

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14 Sep
This evening the Development Committee of @TowerHamletsNow voted IN FAVOUR of the Truman Brewery redevelopment proposal by a margin of 1. 🧵
Today's decision ultimately came down to the votes of just two Labour councillors : Cllr @Kevin_J_Brady and Cllr @KaharChowdhury - both of whom sided with profiteers this evening. Councillior Leema Qureshi was not allowed to vote because she was self isolating at home.
The Save Brick Lane campaign, on the other hand, has engaged & mobilised hundreds of locals & residents in and around Brick Lane. It is they that have made it clear to us that they reject this proposal, & resent politics as usual under Tower Hamlets Council.
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14 Sep
More than a year ago, the Truman Brewery thought that this proposal would glide through the council during the height of a pandemic. 🧵
Since this campaign began a year ago, we have collected thousands of objections, gained the support of more than 140 traders & businesses on Brick Lane, knocked on more than hundreds of doors and alerted supporters around the world 🌎
We have built a coalition that has kept Tower Hamlets Council and the Mayor on edge.

This campaign is a clear expression of the people versus the profiteers. ✊🏽
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13 Sep
We asked Bangladeshis & Bengalis in the U.K. and around the world 🌎 to answer one simple question:
“Why is the #savebricklane campaign to you?”
Full video on our Instagram instagram.com/tv/CTxicn0IVrh
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13 Sep
We asked Bangladeshis & Bengalis in the U.K. and around the world 🌎 to answer one simple question:
“Why is the #savebricklane campaign to you?”
Full video on our Instagram instagram.com/tv/CTxicn0IVrh…
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15 Aug
What you need to know about the #savebricklane campaign ❗️🧵
Tower Hamlets has experienced more gentrification than any other London borough 🏙
The Truman Brewery proposal will cause up to 60% loss of light ⛅️
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