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Squire tower 'too tall' for Old Street

A 39-storey skyscraper by Squire and Partners on the edge of the City of London has been rejected by planners for being too tall.

Islington Council's planning committee said that the height of the proposed 131m-tall residential tower at 100 City Road was unacceptable - even though the site was earmarked for a tall building and the original design had been scaled down by five storeys to appease English Heritage (Alsop tower faces reduction after Squire and Partners cuts its skyscraper down to size).

The decision could have a major impact on a number of other proposed, high-rise developments in the area around Old Street, including SMC Alsop's 142m-tall skyscraper destined for the middle of Old Street's roundabout.

Speaking about the rejection of the Squire's tower, councillor George Allan, chair of the council's south area planning subcommittee, said: 'There was consensus among the committee members that although this might be a suitable site for a tall building, at 39 storeys this building was just too tall.'

He added: 'We were also concerned about the lack of amenity space for the flats on the site.

'Members expressed sympathy for the need for more affordable housing but recognised it complied with our 35 per cent requirement in place at the time the application was made.'

A spokesman for Squire and Partners admitted the practice was 'disappointed' but was unable to comment on whether an appeal would be made against the decision, or if the scheme would be redesigned for a third time.

by Richard Waite

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