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City to grant planning for major SOM tower

The Corporation of London will recommend approval of SOM's Broadgate Tower at a pivotal meeting on Tuesday.

The City of London's Planning and Transportation Committee will discuss the application to build the 178m-tall tower scheme at 201 Bishopsgate.

CABE have come out broadly in favour of the development. In a letter from CABE design advisor Sarah Jackson to City Planning Officer David Stothard dated 17 June, Jackson said: 'We were generally supportive of the principles of this proposal - the introduction of the new route through the site and the form and massing of the two buildings.'

However, she added: 'We believed that a lot more work needs to be done to reach the level of sophistication so necessary of a project of this type.'

Lambeth council initially lodged an objection to the scheme in April in order to glean more information over the tower's impact on sightlines, but this has since been withdrawn.

The scheme, put together by SOM's Chicago office, totals 110,000m2, including the 35-storey tower and an adjacent 13-storey building.

by Rob Sharp

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