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Will Alsop withdraws planning application for Newport Street scheme

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aLL Design has pulled its application for a tower next to Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery

Will Alsop said that withdrawing the application provides the chance to ‘take stock’ after planning officials recommended refusing the £6.6 million development.

The application for the 15-storey building was formally withdrawn the day before it was due to be considered by the London Borough of Lambeth’s planning applications committee earlier this month.

Planning officers had recommended that committee members refuse permission for the 17 Newport Street scheme on the basis that the proposed development’s ‘scale, massing and form would fail to protect the composition and character of a protected landmark silhouette’, which includes Elizabeth Tower of Westminster Palace (Big Ben), from within the nearby Kennington Conservation Area, specifically Courtenay Street.

Alsop said the scheme had been recommended for approval by planning officers until they learnt of Historic England’s attitude to the view, which was ‘very late in coming’.

He said: ‘We withdrew it [the application] while we consider what we do about the view – if anything – and to meet with Historic England.’

Alsop said the client, Newport Street Projects, would still like to go forward with the scheme, which would see the demolition of an existing five-storey residential building.

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  • It's surely only a matter of time before one of our architectural illuminati - or Mr Heatherwick - present London with a building designed as a reef knot.

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