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New London Apple Store could be stopped by sunlight laws

updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri September 2, 2011

City of London asks for powers to bypass rules

Apple is hoping to open a new London retail store in the city's financial district, but may be stopped by laws meant to guarantee other property owners access to sunlight, Reuters reports. A source tells the news agency that a US developer, Hines, is looking to buy real estate at 100 Cheapside and build a 10-storey development with 87,000 square feet for offices and 13,000 square feet for retail. Apple is interested in occupying the retail space, the source says.

The land is currently owned by the City of London though, which has published an internal report warning that the Hines development could affect sunlight for "a total of 13 properties, eight to an extent that their owners are likely to seek injunctions preventing the development proceeding." The City's local authority is asking transport and policy committees to grant it powers to override the sunlight laws; a vote on the matter is due later this month. Should that not pass Hines could conceivably try to settle with the other property owners. The developer is already said to be offering the City 762,000 pounds toward community improvements and the east-west Crossrail train link.

Apple currently has three outlets in London's core. A Cheapside location would in fact be just two miles from the Covent Garden store, but might serve to spread out in-store traffic and cater to the financial district's richer shoppers.

by MacNN Staff




  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No sunlight for you if you want to be on the "cheap side" ;)

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple could just build the entire structure out of glass like many of their others and let the light shine right on through. Ladies wearing dresses or skirts to the property may take exception to this strategy though... ;-)

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  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Speak/write American!

    We don't need no stinkin' e in story. We're in America, we don't cater to poor spelling across the pond. Those pansies can't even use use zs properly (prioritise instead of prioritize).

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, hooray...

    ... for your admirable command of the English (...) language, dearest jdonahoe. I especially envy your skilful use use of grammar.

    PS: Yes, "skilful", with one 'l'. Just to p*ss you off. :)

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    English has roots

    Story as in novel, book; storey as in floor of a building starting from the Ground floor with stairs to the first floor. After all, the ground doesn't need to be built and the first floor that has to be supported with space underneath it is therefore logically the first floor. I suspect Mr donahoe needs no patronising to feel ostracised though.

  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great name

    I always liked the name of this law "Ancient Lights", see

    For those who don't want to click, anyone who has enjoyed direct sunlight onto a property, either in a garden or through a window, for twenty years or more has the right to object to anything that would block the light. The people wanting to build would have to obtain permission from those who's light would be blocked before building.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unfortunate street name

    I'd probably avoid locating there unless my business revolved around inexpensive goods or services.
    I'd also look at occupying an existing space, and forgo "possible" future structures promoted by a 3rd party.

    ...just sayin'.

  1. hansmickle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Brit Language...

    Since this an article about a British issue, presumably originated by a Brit writer, why can't we Yanks tolerate their cultural norm in this case?

  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's a glass store,

    what's the problem?
    jdonahoe was just trying to see if he could get a roise aout of ye. Worked like a bit of a charme, innit?

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    British irony

    Irony is lost on many of our more direct Transatlantic cousins, but having an Apple Store at 100 Cheapside would be a classic case. For those who don't know, Cheapside is one of the most expensive locations in London.

    Go back 700 years or so and the street was so named because 'cheap' means market which is what the area was used for. It's quite an historic area with many lovely old street names such as Honey Lane, Milk Street, and my favourite, simply Poultry. 300 years later and the street is where all the Goldsmiths are located, then enter the late C20th and the place becomes synonymous with finance and banking. It's now a thriving commercial area:

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