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New 109m tall London Bridge tower wins High Court ruling

The Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that Southwark Council was right to grant planning permission for a 31-storey, 500 bed student accommodation scheme next to the Shard.

Southwark Council has twice granted planning permission for the scheme.

Adjoining landowner Threadneedle took out a judicial review against Southwark Council and communities secretary Eric Pickles, who decided against calling in the planning decision for review. The High Court ruled that the conduct of the Council and the Secretary of State had been “unimpeachable”. The Court of Appeal has upheld this decision.

One of the main objections to the scheme has been its height. At 109m, and only a third of the height of the Shard (310m), this criticism has been described as irrelevant by the Courts, the Council and the Secretary of State.

“After three years of working with the Council and other parties to gain planning permission for this scheme, we are delighted with the Court of Appeal’s decision,” said Drivers Jonas Deloitte partner Rory Joycem, who is planning consultant for the development. “At a time when we all recognise the pressing need for investment and regeneration, it is more important than ever that developers are able to get on with delivering high quality schemes like The Quill.”

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