Gerald Ronson's Heron Tower appeal victory proved useful to the AJ's editorial director, Paul Finch, who spoke this week at the annual dinner of the City Corporation planning and transportation committee. Committee chairman Graham Forbes modified his own speech to take account of the decision (strongly supported by the City), while it gave Finch a subject.
He himself gave evidence on behalf of CABE at the public inquiry, arguing strongly that the scheme should be approved. Contrary to what some may think, CABE's relationship with English Heritage has remained cordial, despite the bodies taking opposite views over Heron. It will be interesting to see whether EH is now minded to take a broader view about towers in the City, especially since it gave support to Foster's Swiss Re tower many moons ago. The test case could be the tower for Minerva by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Neven Sidor.This is a terrific design, and should EH oppose it, we could get a re-run of the Heron Tower inquiry.