Westminster City Council has followed in Lambeth’s footsteps by giving planning to Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge across the river Thames
The borough approved the controversial ‘planted’ bridge by three votes to one at a planning committee meeting held last night (2 December).
According to a spokesperson for the council, the bridge was given planning based on its ‘significant public benefits, iconic design, increased connectivity, and for the creation of a large open space in London.’
Chair of the committee, councillor Robert Davis, said: ‘This is something that is iconic and absolutely unique, and will be recognised right across the world.
‘I understand the concerns about potential loss of views, but there is no doubting that this bridge will bring substantial and significant benefits to London.’
The authority’s planners had raised concern about the Transport for London-backed, 366m-long bridge’s impact on sightlines of St Paul’s Cathedral and Monument from the South Bank and Waterloo Bridge. But despite these fears it was still recommended for approval based on its ‘substantial benefits’ (AJ 01.12.14)
The £175 million bridge had already been granted planning from Lambeth and it will now go before the Mayor of London to get the final thumbs up.
But locals campaigning against the bridge have said they will urge communities secretary Eric Pickles to call in the scheme or launch a judicial review of the decision to award it planning.