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Tuesday22 August 2017

PLP's 22 Bishopsgate under threat over right to light

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Wilkinson Eyre’s project also at risk from neighbour claims

Lipton Rogers has said its PLP_designed 22 Bishopsgate tower is under threat from right to light challenges by neighbouring property occupiers.

The developer has applied to the City of London Corporation for section 227 powers - which if approved could see the City of London Corporation acquire part of the scheme - in order to help fight off objectors and push on with its development.

In its application, Lipton Rogers said its development programme for the Square Mile’s tallest tower was at risk due to a “large” number of right to light objections from neighbours and its inability to settle those claims.

The firm added it needs to place substantial pre-construction orders for materials and procure the main build contract to hit its 2018 completion date and meet projected demand.

The City’s planning and transportation committee will decide on the matter tomorrow after the application was recommended for approval by planning officers.

Planning permission for the defunct Pinnacle’s 62-storey replacement was granted in November last year.

Land Securities is also seeking approval tomorrow for similar powers to enable developement at its 21 Moorfields site above Moorgate Underground Station, which was designed by Wilkinson Eyre.

The office and retail project which also won planning approval in November is similarly at risk over an inability to settle “a significant number” of right of light claims, according to the application.

It has also been recommended that the City authorise the purchase of an interest in the site under section 227 in order to engage powers under S237 to continue with the development.

Lipton Rogers and Land Securities have been contacted for comment.

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  • I can't say I'm shedding any tears over this tower. Personally I would prefer it was made shorter and completely redesigned.

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  • This reckless proliferation of towers -quite indiscriminately placed and not answering the crisis of housing for ordinary Londoners -must be stopped. Where is the voice of the RIBA? This handing over nearly all the new housing developments in large part to wealthy foreign investors is criminal, and will only increase and entrench inequality an destroy the soul of London. The present London mayor has done much to encourage such developments. The new mayor should be elected on the basis of providing a mass council housing programme and an end of right to buy.

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  • So it's ok to override numerous rights of light claims and make other people's property/home life/ office life worth-less? I can understand it in a singular case perhaps but if it affects numerous properties, perhaps something is wrong with the proposed design?

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  • Fundamental flaw in a design if it contravenes rights of light. Bullying tactics are not the answer. Scrap it for something more sensitive!

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