Councillors struck a blow against what they see as an attempt to reverse the regeneration of the Docklands by plans for a concrete batching plant in the shadow of Canary Wharf.
Residents mounted a successful bid to have the application halted presenting the plan for Orchard Place, next to Virginia Quay, as a return to an anachronistic industrial past.
They argued that the creation of a concrete plant, with 200 traffic movements a day, would be a blow to the neighbouring nature reserve in East India Dock basin.
Cllr Tim Archer told a planning meeting: This application is completely inappropriate. The site is just 100m from Virginia Quay, directly opposite Orchard Place and it also next door to the East India Dock Basin nature reserve something which we in this borough should be particularly proud of.
But the victory - by four votes to three - may prove hollow.
The land, empty since the 1990s, is a safeguarded wharf, designated in a raft of strategic plans precisely - and solely - for the purpose of aggregate haulage and processing.
The decision will have to go to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson who will see that its status was reviewed only last year and the designation re-confirmed.
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