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I hear news of a prospective new club which could set the cat among the planning pigeons. Dreamt up at the latest MIPIM extravaganza, its working name is the Tower Club.

Membership will be open to anyone who has funded, developed, designed or otherwise promoted a tall building. The definition of tall is anything over 12 storeys. The inaugural meeting is being planned for the champagne bar in Tower 42, once the organising committee can persuade Chris Strickland of developer Greycoat, the tower's owner, to host the occasion.

Apart from the fun of meeting in high structures across London, there is a serious side to the organisation: the examination of significant schemes that could clearly be taller, but have been suppressed in contravention of the mayor's planning policies.

Demands for inquiries into tall buildings, hitherto the province of English Heritage, could now come from the Tower Club because it is alarmed about low-rise. Watch out for more news, including invitations to become founder patrons going to Harry Hyams, Irvine Sellar and Gerald Ronson.

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