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City of London delays 22 Bishopsgate rights-to-light decision

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The future of PLP’s 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper has been cast into further doubt after the City of London Corporation said it had received more letters over a rights-to-light row

The authority’s planning and transport committee has postponed showdown talks over the issue to allow it to consider the new correspondence.

The committee was due to meet yesterday afternoon (10 March) to decide whether to use emergency section 237 powers to temporarily acquire the site from the scheme’s backers Lipton Rogers and Axa Real Estate.

The power effectively overrides the rights of neighbouring property owners to block the project in the courts and allow work to start on the 62-storey replacement for the doomed Helter Skelter skyscraper. However, the corporation has now delayed the discussion.

Speaking to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, a spokesman for the corporation said: ’We weren’t anticipating this level of correspondence so it’s only right that we give it fully consideration.’

The planning and transport committee will now meet on 5 April to decide whether to take action.

Planning and transportation committee chairman Michael Welbank said: ’The use of a section 237 for the temporary acquisition of a site in the City is something the corporation has rarely used.

’When it does, it gives this very careful consideration and only for developments of strategic significance for the City.

‘As we have received new correspondence from interested parties on this matter, it is only right we give this our full attention.’

The delay will raise further questions about the timetable for the construction of the 278m-tall development which was approved by the City of London Corporation last November and was scheduled to complete in early 2019.

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