The public enquiry started today. I have included the text of LB Southwark's Press Release below. Completion of the Inspector's report and a ministerial decision is likely to take another six months minimum.
The London Bridge Tower will be a 1000 ft landmark designed by the world-renowned architect, Renzo Piano.
In March 2002, Southwark Council approved planning permission for the tower to be built on a site adjacent to London Bridge Station. In July 2002, the Deputy Prime Minister called in the planning application so that a public inquiry could consider the issues involved.
The inquiry will hear evidence from Renzo Piano, property developer Irvine Sellar, Director of Regeneration at Southwark Council, Paul Evans, London Mayor advisor, Richard Rogers, The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and English Heritage.
For further information about Southwark Council's role in the inquiry please contact Rachel Fox on 020 7525 2297.
The panoramic image of the tower at the top of the developers web site at www.londonbridgetower.com illustrates better the shocking scale and impact that this would have on the skyline of London.
English Heritages' website has a very clear and persuasive explaination of its stance on the scheme and why it should be opposed. Everyone concerned about this proposal should read it.
Oh for goodness sake, SE1 needs it desperately in order for our house prices to carry on rising the way they have. SE1 is horribly run down, and a seminal development like this one will be fantastic.
EH can campaign for cobbles outside registry offices to their heart's content (sorry, Jan!) but when it comes to holding up the whole evolution and expansion of the city we love/hate then they should shut up. Just think if they'd blocked Wren's plans for St Paul's because of its effect on the skyline.
"SE1 needs it desperately in order for our house prices to carry on rising the way they have"
... Hmm - do I scent that mapmaker has troll-like tendencies?
(NB Given the webmaster's concerns about defamation, "troll" is hereby taken to mean "characterised by a desire to sit on the foreshore under London Bridge", and not "intentionally making provocative assertions to ensure subsequent flaming".)
Happy Easter to everyone - including Mr Sellar and MM.
I can't understand why English Heritage are getting so worked up about the impact of the LBTower on certain views of the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster from certain angles.
The "gherkin" looms right over the Tower of London as you walk across Tower Bdge does it not?And the not so glamorous Millbank Tower looms over the Palace of Westminster from various views(not to mention the LondonEye!)
I'm all for the LBTower and look forward to seeing it go up(I hope...).It will be a fantastic addition to the area, and make the view from my kitchen a hell of a lot more interesting!
I think it's a lovely building, but needs to be quite a bit shorter.... It's completely out of scale for the area. Don't get me wrong - I love skyscapers, but they look best grouped together, rather than in isolation, which this one will be. Scale it down, or build it as it is, but in Canary Wharf, where it will look more majestic.
Sitting on the foreshore under London Bridge? Don't understand you at all. But then I've never been a fan of middle earth, thought it was all a bit strange and spooky.
Not much of a fan of London either, best thing about it is getting out, so i shall not be anywhere near the foreshore before next week. Keep those skyscrapers and people in London, and leave the country for the rest of us!