Hazel Blears has called in Ian Simpson’s Beetham Tower, planned for a prominent site on London’s South Bank.

In a call-in letter sent to Southwark council on Monday (March 10), the communities secretary questioned whether the proposed location of the One Blackfriars Road tower, close to the banks of the Thames near Blackfriars Bridge and the Tate Modern, was appropriate for a tall building.

She will also consider whether the development is in accordance with guidance on tall buildings from Cabe and English Heritage, and whether it meets the requirements of the London Plan, Southwark’s unitary development plan and planning policy on sustainable development and affordable housing.

The 51-storey, 170m tower mixed-use tower was to include a 261 room hotel, 96 flats, a sky deck, restaurants and shops.

It won planning permission in December after its height was reduced first from 68 to 52 storeys, and then cut by a further storey.

In December, Beetham chairman Hugh Frost told BD that he hoped the changes meant the development would not be not called in.