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20 Blackfriars Called In

Land Securities twin eco-tower development at 20 Blackfriars Road has been called in by the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears, only days after Conservative candidate Boris Johnson won the mayoralty of London election.

Southwark Council approved the Wilkinson Eyre designed 43 floor residential tower and the second shorter office tower of 23 storeys in January 2008.

The make up of the scheme is 243 apartments in the main tower and neighbouring shorter residential buildings bounding Stamford Street that stand up to seven storeys in height. Also included in the plans are 25,769 square metres of office space, 1,170 square metres of retail occupying the ground floors plus parking for 82 cars.

The prime driving reason for the move is to examine "the appropriateness of a very tall building in this location" but there are clearly other forces at work beyond the brief giving to the planning bods who will preside over the inquiry.

It's unusual in that it is the third public inquiry into tall buildings in Southwark, all of which will be on a relatively small space between Royal Festival Hall and Blackfriars Road with two, the Beetham Tower and 20 Blackfriars Road practically next door to each other.

Usually one public inquiry looks at a particular tall building in an area and then the findings of this are applied over the area with it working as a precedent so the approach of having two inquiries for two neighbouring tall buildings running at the same time is unique.

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