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Councillors ignore advice and reject Make's Canary Wharf tower

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Councillors have thrown out revised plans for a major skyscraper by Make Architects for London’s Docklands, against the advice of their planning officers.

A meeting of Tower Hamlets Council’s strategic development committee rejected the application for the tower at 225 Marsh Wall, designed on behalf of developer Cubitt Property Holdings.

This was despite the scheme being reduced in size by nine storeys from 55 to 46 floors, taking more than 20m off the proposed height.

A report by planning officers had recommended approval for the reworked scheme. However the officer spelt out that if members were minded to refuse planning permission, they should do so on the grounds of excessive scale and height.

Officials said that any refusal should be justified because ‘the proposed scale, height and massing would result in a development that fails to present a human scale of development at street level, is too large for the plot size, is overbearing, is unduly prominent in local views and detracts from the low-rise character of the area to the south and east’.

The scheme was set to create 332 homes – a drop from the original proposal’s 442 – with 25 per cent affordable housing.

However, with a density of 3,354 habitable rooms per hectare, it was well above the London Plan’s maximum of 1,100 per hectare.

It also proposed 810m² of community or office floorspace and 79m² of flexible retail/restaurant/community facilities.

Last week’s decision confirmed the one made in an August meeting, after which the application was deferred to allow officers to propose detailed reasons for refusal.

The AJ understands Cubitt Property Holdings remains committed to the site and is currently considering its options on how to proceed.

Marsh wall lowered in height

Marsh Wall lowered in height

Source: Design & Access statement

225 Marsh Wall reduced in height

View the new planning application here 



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