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Jarvis Cocker opposes 'ugly' Hoxton cinema plans

Ex-Pulp singer says development is invading his privacy

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Jarvis Cocker has reacted furiously towards plans to build a cinema and office complex next to his east London house.

The former Pulp man said his and others residents' privacy will be breached if the four-storey development on Hoxton's Pitfield Street goes ahead.

Calling the development a "big ugly lump", Cocker launched into a tirade while talking about the situation to the Hackney Gazette.

"I don't want office workers to see me parading in my pyjamas," he stated.

Cocker called for those in charge of the development to hold an open meeting, saying Town Hall bosses should "come down to Hoxton and hold a proper public consultation".

Hackney Council is currently backing the project, after the Town Hall sent out letters to 217 houses and only received eight objecting to the plans.

The build is set to take place on the site of the disused Gaumont cinema. It would overlook Cocker's home in Haberdasher Street.

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