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Talking of Tate Modern, Nick Serota is waging a one-man campaign against the 'pencil' residential tower proposed for a neighbouring site. He thinks it is wrong for a tall structure to interfere with his redundant chimney, and for a private building to impinge on the civic significance of the Tate. Can this be right? After all, the Millbank Tower (now listed) has a significant impact on the locality in which Tate Britain sits on the north side of the Thames.