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City of London rejects tower which threatened future of Britain’s Oldest Synagogue

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Sarah Sackman appeared on behalf of the Bevis Marks synagogue at the City of London’s Planning Committee to oppose a 48 storey office tower which threatened to overshadow the 320 year old, Grade I listed place of worship. The proposed tower would have taken the synagogue’s light and harmed its historic setting. The development proposal was in breach of the local development plan and also threatened the Tower of London World Heritage Site.

The Committee, which usually approves tall buildings, voted overwhelmingly to reject the scheme and protect the historic synagogue founded in 1701 and which is the longest functioning synagogue in the country.

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