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Blears gives new London tower planning approval

Construction of the 51-storey One Blackfriars Road tower in London finally won planning permission this week after a wait of more than a year.

The structure is being developed by the Beetham Organization and was granted planning consent by Southwark Council last year, subject to the approval of Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and English Heritage.

Beetham consulted with English Heritage and agreed to reduce the height of the tower to 170m before Blears gave her approval last week.

The tower will house a six-star hotel and apartments and is designed by Ian Simpson Architects. Structural engineer is WSP.

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