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Controversial commercial property plans unveiled

Plans for a commercial property development at Potters Fields, near Tower Bridge have been unveiled.

Earlier plans by Ian Ritchie for a series of towers, were rejected by Southwark Council and Berkeley Homes, who will now consider the new proposal from Squire and Partners.

The scheme under review will feature 374 new apartments in seven buildings, one 20-storeys high.

The new plans also detail the construction of a new street, 1,000 sq metres of retail space and a further 8,000 sq metres yet to be appropriated.

However, Berkeley Homes has acknowledged the proposal by Mr Ritchie could still be relevant.

“This [new] scheme is more sympathetic to the surroundings but if we have problems with planning we will consider going back to the Ian Ritchie scheme,” Building Design reported its representative said.

Plans for commercial property developments near historic sites often raise objections.

Residents’ groups and local councils have to consider the impact any build may have on tourism and quality of life.ADNFCR-1329-ID-18924576-ADNFCR

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