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Local architects speak out over Potters' Fields towers 'horror'

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The battle over London's Potters' Fields site has hotted up this week following a fresh assault by Southwark council against Ian Ritchie's 'micro-towers'.

The council, which rejected the scheme in September, has instead published a new planning brief that calls for a cultural institution to inhabit the controversial plot.

And its councillors have also demanded that the planning inquiry scheduled for later this year refuses permission for the cluster of residential towers.

Opponents have found a new ally in local practice Azhur Architecture, which has distributed a series of visualisations that, it claims, illustrate the 'full horror of the proposals' (pictured right).

The practice claimed that Ritchie's towers are an 'inappropriately scaled development, dwarfing the area, and ruining one of London's best open spaces'.

'As residents of the area we are extremely concerned about the damaging effect a development on this scale will have, not only on Southwark but more importantly on two London icons: Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.'

And Southwark leader Nick Stanton agreed, calling for the project to be replaced by a cultural building. 'As the last remaining developable site along the central belt of the Thames, Potters' Fields has huge potential.

'It stands opposite the Tower of London World Heritage Site and any future development should befit such a stunning location, ' he added.

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