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Make’s Bondway tower vetoed at inquiry

Make’s 42-storey Bondway skyscraper in Vauxhall, south London, has been rejected following a public inquiry

Communities secretary Eric Pickles followed the planning inspectorate’s advice that the proposed tower’s site was inappropriate for a tall building.

The project went to inquiry after Lambeth Council’s planning committee rejected the 149m-tall scheme next to Vauxhall transport interchange on the grounds of ‘height, bulk and mass’ and the lack of green space provided.

The 149 metre-tall ‘zig-zag-shaped’ tower had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

In justifying the veto, the secretary of state said the scheme lacked open space and had an ‘overbearing’ impact on the area.

Retired town planner and local resident David Boardman thought it was unlikely the developer Vauxhall Bondway would ask Make to rework its designs for the tower.

He said: ‘[Unless the developer] can fill it with offices, or find a decent chunk of new open space at Vauxhall to mitigate the deficiency and improve the public realm [there is not a chance it could be approved] - and this would apply to a redesigned tower on the same site as well.’

A spokesperson for Make said: ‘We are naturally disappointed, but cannot comment further to add at this stage.’

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