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City of London set to review tall buildings policy

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The City of London Corporation has confirmed it will start work on updating its tall buildings policy later this year

The announcement came after a member of its planning and transportation committee raised concerns over proposals by Eric Parry Architects to replace the 1960s Aviva Tower with a building ‘as high as the Shard’ (see AJ 03.02.15).

Designed by the Gollins Melvin Ward Partnership and originally known as the Commercial Union building, the Aviva Tower is next to Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partner’s 122 Leadenhall Street building. The Aviva Tower is 118m tall, compared with the Shard’s 310m, and the 225m height of 122 Leadenhall Street.

Councillor Patrick Steeler told the planning committee meeting earlier this week that he was concerned the City was ‘heading for over-development’ and asked for a report on the issue.

Committee chair Michael Welbank, who is an architect and town planner by profession, said that a discussion on updating the City’s current tall buildings policy would be tabled later this year.

‘We have a core strategy evidence review approaching, which is all part of building up items for our review of the local plan, so [a tall buildings review] might well form an item in our review of the local plan,’ he told the AJ after Tuesday’s meeting.

A City of London Corporation spokesman said a date had yet to be finalised for further discussions on the authority’s tall buildings policy.

Previous story (AJ 03.02.15)

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