In his recent decision to permit the doubling of the volume of the existing Holiday Inn on Cromwell Road, the Mayor of London cited Historic England's lack of comment as suggesting that the harm on the multiple conservation areas and listed buildings would be minimal and therefore he concluded to permit a seriously damaging project to multiple conservation areas. This is the thin edge of the wedge and only the beginning of a potential period of decline.
The Mayor has called this scheme in twice and is minded to overrule the local Planing Committee and 800 local objectors and APPROVE the replacement of the Seifert anomaly with a building that is twice the volume of the existing. It has two towers perched over a 9 storey slab block. The slab block itself is twice as high as the neighbouring 4-5 story historic terraces that define the character of the neighbourhood. Why on earth does the Mayor consider supporting this scheme represents good stewardship of our beautiful city? Does anyone think this scheme is of any architectural or urban quality at all?