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Make’s Canary Wharf skyscraper set to be refused

Make's proposed residential tower at 225 Marsh Wall - as of September 2015
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Make’s proposed 56-storey skyscraper in Canary Wharf is set to be turned down by Tower Hamlets’ planning committee tomorrow

The application for the tower at 225 Marsh Wall has been recommended for refusal by the east London council’s officer on the basis that it would cause over development of the site and does not provide enough family accommodation.

At 186m, Make’s proposed tower would be one of the UK’s tallest residential skyscrapers

A report by Aman Dalvi, Tower Hamlets’ director of development and renewal, said that the proposed tower ‘seeks to maximise not optimise the development potential of the site’.

Proposals include 414 residential units - 88 of which would be classed as ’affordable’ - 663m² of office space for small businesses, 448m² of adaptable office or community space and 307m² of flexible retail and community space.

In addition, the report said that the plans did not include enough family accommodation. The tower’s ‘affordable housing’ is also at 23.7 per cent, 11 per cent below the local target.

It added that the building did not achieve ‘an appropriate transition’ from Canary Wharf’s tower group and would have a negative impact on the skyline.

A decision for the scheme will be made by the council’s strategic development committee on Thursday (16 June). 

The ultimate decision on the scheme lies with London’s new Mayor Sadiq Khan and will be an early test of his stance on tall buildings and levels of affordable in new developments. It comes after Khan’s pledged to force developers to make half their homes affordable to middle and low income earners.

The site is currently taken up by a four-storey office block - designed by Fielden & Mawson - completed in 1993. In 2010, proposals by Angel Group Architects for a hotel and a 43 storeys high apartment block on the site were rejected. 

Click here for more details about the planning application

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