Hammerson preserves Light Bar

Developer Hammerson yesterday reported it had gained planning permission for its Bishops Place Regeneration Project - after it agreed to preserve the 19th century drinking hole The Light Bar. Hammerson has been faced with protests from Hackney Borough Council,  who fought to keep the bar there as part of the area. Under the revised proposals the Light Bar was incorporated into plans for the site and its external facades will be restored. The site will span 1.5m sq ft, with around 7,000 sq ft of prime new office space available as well as a hotel and mixed retail space.