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Apple's London store faces stumbling block over sunlight restriction

A battle is brewing over a future development that could house London's newest Apple Store. The City of London owns a plot of land at 100 Cheapside and is looking to sell the property to US developer Hines. Hines has plans to build a 10-story development with both office space (87,000 square feet) and retail space (13,000 square feet).

Apple has been singled out as a possible tenant, but the company's plans to add another London store could be thwarted by a sunlight law. Under this law, neighbors have a right to block the construction of a building that blocks out sunlight.

The City of London is asking the transport and policy committees to override this sunlight law and let the building plans continue. If it does receive approval, this would put an Apple store in one of the wealthiest neighborhood of London.

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