Issue 12: 6 April 2016

    City acts against rights of light claims

    The Corporation of London is to buy an interest in the new 22 Bishopsgate tower, to stop aggressive compensation demands for loss of light holding up the project. The 62 storey tower, designed by architects PLP, was given approval at November’s planning meeting. It will replace the stalled Pinnacle project, which began construction but did [...]

    Call for skyscraper planning clarity

    Historic England has waded into the debate over tall buildings in the capital, calling for a clearer strategy over skyscrapers – and delivering a public poll that demonstrates public interest in the issue. The organisation’s chairman Sir Laurie Magnus, flanked by Dr Loyd Grossman, chairman of the Heritage Alliance and respected architect Sir Terry Farrell, [...]

    Tower Hamlets tussles over Canary skyscrapers

    Mayor Boris Johnson has called in a planning application for a residential and hotel scheme on the Isle of Dogs, after Tower Hamlets planners said they were minded to refuse the project. The Alpha Square scheme proposes two towers, of 34 and 65 storeys, containing over 700 apartments and a 231 room hotel, as well [...]

    Homes key to election manifestos

    London mayoral manifestos from the Liberal Democrats and Green Party both promise to deliver 200,000 new homes for the capital. Both are also keen to support local authorities fighting opaque viability assessments from developers, and want to tweak the London Plan. And they agree on the continuation of the Olympic precept, an additional sum on [...]

    Living under the arches

    An enterprising developer has already spotted an opportunity in London’s railway arches, by taking advantage of the expansion in permitted development rights. Two railway arches in Walworth are being converted to residential use, after the developer received consent from Southwark borough council. Southwark planners reportedly wanted to challenge the move, as they wanted to see [...]