Tulip decision will hurt the hard-pressed City

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Michael Gove’s decision to reject developer’s appeal is a missed opportunity, says Peter Murray

The idea of the Tulip was planted long before covid-19 came along – but the government’s decision to reject the proposal is a kick in the teeth for the Corporation of London’s post-pandemic recovery plans for the hard-hit Square Mile.

Those that have come back to work in the City are doing a three-day week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – and are accordingly known as TWaTs. At weekends the area is dead.

The Tulip could have helped to change that, encouraging people to explore the ancient streets of Roman Londinium as well as the contemporary cultural mile. It would have given new hope to SMEs, retailers and hospitality outlets who have suffered horrendously during the pandemic.

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