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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ south London tower is called in

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ Doon Street tower in south London has been called in by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ Doon Street tower in south London has been called in by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

The project, backed by Coin Street Community Builders, was given planning permission by Lambeth Council last month, but Blears has launched a public inquiry following concerns raised by English Heritage (EH).

A statement issued by the heritage watchdog, said: ‘EH welcomes the Secretary of State’s decision to call in this scheme for a public inquiry – this is the proper forum to debate all the issues.

‘EH supports the principle of developing this site and welcomes any public benefits it could bring. However, we have advised the local authority about our concerns as to the impact of the scheme on the historic environment.

‘We are very concerned that the tower would have a seriously adverse impact on views from Somerset House and St James’ Park and upon the setting of neighbouring listed buildings, particularly the Grade II*-listed National Theatre and the Grade I-listed Royal Festival Hall.’


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