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Sheppard Robson’s Tower Hill citizenM scheme goes to appeal

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Sheppard Robson is supporting an appeal against Tower Hamlet’s decision to veto its plans for a 370-bedroom citizenM hotel in Tower Hill, London

Earlier this year the local authority rejected plans for the building on the grounds of height, design, and impact on the nearby historic Tower of London.

Practice creative director Tim Evans said the studio was ‘dumbfounded’ by the decision which had gone against planning officers’ recommendations.

The scheme was approved on a previous occasion and an earlier Sidell Gibson-designed office scheme has already been consented for the site.

Evans said: ‘We are dumfounded by the council’s decision to refuse permission for a scheme that has been developed in close consultation and collaboration with them; the decision has received positive endorsement from officers, English Heritage and CABE.’

He added: ‘The scheme provides significant improvements to the public realm, opening up access to the Roman wall – a scheduled ancient monument – and includes a comprehensive refurbishment of the DLR station creating greatly enhanced public benefit.’

Michael Levie, chief operating officer at citizenM, said: ‘citizenM is bringing significant benefits to Tower Hamlets with much needed local jobs, investment, increased business and tourism and transport improvements.

‘We look forward to making our case to the planning inspector in September and are confident in the outcome.  The new hotel respects, preserves and enhances the character and setting of the Tower of London and does not have a detrimental impact on the area and protected views.’

The appeal is expected to commence next week.

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