Sunday 3 February 2008 5.17pm
As Graham and Richard say, any other decision would have been difficult to sustain.
I do think there's a broader issue about the way big chains treat the planning process, though.
This happens with chain coffee stores all over the country - start trading first, regularise the planning situation later:
gives just a few examples.
The Lordship Lane case is more complicated because the main issue was the controls put in place to maintain a balance of shops and cafes in the street.
Of course, another point re. the St Mary Overie Dock case is that planning permission for the filling in of the arches at the end of Clink Street
was granted on the basis of educational use in connection with the Golden Hinde
If the original application had been for a coffee shop, would it have been considered differently?