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Tulip tower accused of breaching London height rules

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The Greater London Authority (GLA) has cast doubt on the proposed Tulip tower in London, claiming that its height breaches regulations set out by the mayor’s office. 

In an assessment of the plans, the GLA claims that the tower’s 305m height breaches the London mayor adiq Khan’s outline for the city known as the London Plan. 

Under the London Plan tall buildings are only given planning permission if, among other considerations, they improve the legibility of an area and are based in areas whose character would not be affected adversely by the scale, mass or bulk of the building.

The GLA assessment concludes that the proposed height of the building is “unjustified” and would “cause harm to the historic environment”.

In addition, the GLA also claims that the proposal “fails to provide free to enter publicly accessible viewing areas”, despite the requirements set out in the London Plan.

Designed by architect Foster & Partners, the structure would be the City of London’s tallest tower and just 1m shorter than the Shard, the UK’s highest building.

A spokesperson for the Tulip tower project said: “We welcome the detailed technical comments by GLA officers and, as part of the ongoing planning process, we will continue to work closely with the City of London Corporation and the GLA to resolve those matters raised and to improve the package of public benefits associated with the Tulip.”

Meanwhile, a mayor’s office spokesperson said: “The mayor recognises that there are a range of views regarding this application. He will consider the scheme on its merits in due course.”

In November last year, London City Airport warned that gondolas which will move up and down the top of the proposed tower could interfere with radar systems at the airport.

Earlier this year, a poll indicated that two-thirds of Londoners support the tower project.

If planning permission for the tower is granted, construction will start in 2020 with the project due for completion in 2025. Foster & Partners said it wants the Tulip to complement the neighbouring SwissRe tower which it also designed.

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