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EPR to stay on London's Peruvian Wharf scheme despite repeated rejections - images

EPR Architects will not be kicked off the massive Peruvian Wharf scheme opposite the Millennium Dome even though its proposals have been rejected by the planning inspector, London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Communities Minister Ruth Kelly.

A spokesman for developer Colpy and Howarth said he 'very much doubted' that the practice would be replaced on the huge residential-led development, but admitted design changes were possible.

The team behind the 8ha project, next to Silvertown Quays, is reported to be considering 'in detail' the Secretary of State's decision to turn down the scheme before deciding what its next move will be.

Kelly turned down an appeal to overturn a rejection by the planning inspector, who had claimed that the residents in the 1,500-home development would potentially have to 'gaze across acres of unattractive industrial buildings'.

The verdict follows years of planning wrangles over the intended regeneration of the riverside plot - among them a long-running battle with Livingstone over protecting a working wharf on the site.

Back in 2003 the London Mayor said he would block the plans unless a wharf was include in the proposals for the former Tate and Lyle sugar refinery, and in August 2005 a much-revised application was finally submitted ( EPR plans sweetener for Peruvian Wharf).

by Richard Waite

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