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Farrell kept waiting in Founder's Place public inquiry

The outcome of the public inquiry into Terry Farrell's rejected Founder's Place scheme for Guy's and St Thomas' in south London has been put back because of its possible impact on key London views.

Following the publication of Mayor Ken Livingstone's London View Management Framework (Livingstone unveils London View Management Framework), the new communities secretary Hazel Blears has asked for more 'architectural information' about the contentious proposals for the site opposite St Thomas' Hospital in the Lambeth Palace conservation area.

Blears is particularly keen to investigate how the massive, residential-led project would affect sightlines from Westminster and Lambeth Bridges.

The Guy's and St Thomas' charity was originally told it would receive the Secretary of State's decision about the scheme by the end of July 2007, but it now looks as if the official result will not be made public until October.

Turned down by Lambeth Council in April last year, the proposed development of 641 new homes on the northern end of Archbishop's Park was branded 'oppressive and overbearing' by members of the borough's planning committee.

by Richard Waite

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