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"Monstrously tall" tower block given planning permission by High Court

The High Court today upheld the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for what Westminster City Council has called a “monstrously tall” 43-storey tower block on London’s South Bank.

The proposals had been opposed by English Heritage and Westminster Council because of impact on London’s sky line, an impact Cllr Robert Davis, Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader, today called “nothing short of architectural vandalism.”

Group Director of Coin Street Community Builders − a development trust for South Bank − Iain Tuckett commented that the project “will substantially improve the environment around Waterloo Bridge and the National Theatre and will enhance London’s skyline.”

The major mixed development was proposed in three separate planning applications by the architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.  While the ‘Western end’, with an office building and new town square, was given the go-ahead in September 2007, permission for the controversial 329-flat tower block and adjacent leisure centre was recalled by the Secretary of State.

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