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Wilkinson Eyre's skyscraper scheme called in

The fate of Wilkinson Eyre’s twin tower scheme in Southwark, south London, is to be decided by a public enquiry.

An insider said the 'call in' by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears had ‘not come as a surprise’ following the minister’s recent decision to review Ian Simpson’s neighbouring 51-storey Beetham Tower in Blackfriars Road (AJ online 13.03.08).

The Secretary of State’s letter to Southwark Council – which approved the twin-skyscraper development south of the River Thames earlier this year (AJ online 24.01.08) – said she wanted to review the scheme to see if it conformed to CABE’s guidance on tall buildings and provided sufficient affordable homes.

Under the proposed scheme, Wilkinson Eyre will build one 23-storey office tower and one 42-storey residential skyscraper on the 0.8ha site for developer Circleplane.

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