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Vauxhall skyscraper felled by Pickles

Proposals for a 42-storey skyscraper designed to provide a mixed-use, residential-led development at Vauxhall, South London, have been rejected on appeal by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, acting on the advice of a planning inspector

The scheme had been refused against the advice of planning officers by Lambeth Council.

In the his decision letter Pickles agreed the ‘zig-zag’ design was generally of high quality and that the site was suitable for tall buildings but concluded that the lack of public open space and the building's ”overbearing” relationship to its surroundings meant the proposals were “unacceptable”.

Read the decision letter and Inspector’s report.

In a separate but related development, a scheme to regenerate the Tideway Industrial Estate in Nine Elms has been approved by neighbouring Wandsworth Council.

The project would create 752 new homes across the site as well as a new hotel, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, offices and a crèche. The scheme is the latest in a series of major planning applications for sites in the Nine Elms and Vauxhall Opportunity Area - a semi-industrial district.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Opportunity Area covers 450 acres of prime land including the last remaining stretch of undeveloped riverside in central London. The site is spread across two London boroughs, Wandsworth and Lambeth, with the majority located in Wandsworth.


Roger Milne

17 February 2011