Stepney’s legendary George Tavern in the Commercial Road has won a nine-year legal battle to stop luxury flats being built next door. Landlady Pauline Forster said she was “relieved and happy” after she won a last-ditch appeal against developers Swan Housing, who had been given the green light to build a six-flat development in the adjoining building. The plans raised fears that the pub would have to close down or lose revenue.
Having lost a previous appeal in May 2015, campaigners launched a petition that attracted high-profile support and thousands of signatures.
In April, the campaigners were granted another chance to appeal the decision in the High Court.
Read the full report on the battle and the victory in the East London Citizen.