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Squire and Partners' City Road tower would be a 'monstrosity', says councillor

Squire and Partners’ proposed City Road skyscraper in central London has been labelled as a ‘towering corporate identikit monstrosity’ by an Islington councillor.

Councillor Ruth Polling, Islington’s executive member for leisure and communities, made the comment following the closure of a public enquiry into the 39-storey block of 225 luxury flats that has been earmarked for the corner of Old Street and City Road.

Speaking to the Islington Gazette, Polling said: ‘This towering corporate identikit monstrosity will have a huge impact on the character of the local neighbourhood. At nearly 40 stories and taller than the Barbican towers, it would dwarf even the biggest tower blocks in Finsbury.

‘This area cannot just be seen as an extension of the City. The developers have misjudged the area and just don’t seem to care about the people who already live there. I really hope the inspector throws this appeal out.'

Developer LMS (City Road) is hoping that the government planning inspector will quash a ruling by Islington Council to refuse planning permission for the skyscraper a year ago. A decision is expected in November.

At the time of writing Squire and Partners was unavailable for comment.

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