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Beetham Tower is not dead, claims Southwark

Southwark Council has denied that Ian Simpson's Beetham Tower on Blackfriars Bridge will not be given the go-ahead.

On the contrary, the local authority claimed, discussions regarding its Tall Buildings Policy - which still needs to be put out for public consultation - are still ongoing.

Some observers have claimed that the policy had been rejected outright, a move that would have killed off Simpson's plans.

Councillors asked planners on 22 November to do further work on the detail of a draft tall buildings strategy before it is put to the public.

However, late yesterday, a spokesperson for Southwark Council said: 'This further work is needed to make clearer the definition of 'tall buildings' as it is used in the policies contained in the London plan and the emerging Southwark plan and to further refine the criteria concerning the location of tall buildings before consultation on the document begins.'

The spokesperson continued: 'While members made this decision for a number of reasons, it can be confirmed that it was not made as a consequence of any existing planning applications.

'Indeed, tall buildings which are designed to the highest quality have in the past been given approval in Southwark, such as the 'Shard of Glass'.

'Until the draft is complete it is too early to say what effect it will have on applications and, in the meantime, each application will continue to be considered on its merits, in line with current policy.'

by Rob Sharp

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