Through its size and proximity to Bevis Marks, the development would have unacceptable sunlight/daylight impact on the Synagogue that would imperil its functioning as a place or worship.
Light is essential to the spiritual and functional aspects of Jewish worship, but existing neighbouring developments mean that the Synagogue already receives a low level of light.
33 Creechurch Lane would reduce the current Vertical Sky Component level of between 3.2% to 3.7% to between just 0.2% to 0.3% VSC. This is not an impact that that can be mitigated once it is there: the Grade 1 listing of the building means that the Synagogue cannot install additional intrusive electric lighting.
On its own the sunlight/daylight impact is unacceptable, but the threat to the functioning of the Synagogue would additionally bring into question the City’s commitment to freedom of religious expression.