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Legal challenge launched on controversial London tower

A joint legal challenge against a commercial property tower planned to be built in London has been launched.

Westminster City Council and English Heritage have launched the legal challenge against government minister Hazel Blear’s decisions to allow the controversial Doon Street Tower to be built on the city’s South Bank.

The 144-metre tower was approved by Lambeth Council and the Mayor of London in August, but buildingwork has been put on hold.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage said: “This scheme would cause serious harm to London’s historic environment. The Secretary of State took the view that this harm was outweighed by the proposed community benefits.

“In reaching that view the Secretary of State did not consider if the community benefits could be delivered in a less harmful scheme.”

The tower’s height is considered to be the contentious issue, with it being around 50 metres higher than Big Ben across the river at the Houses of Parliament.ADNFCR-1329-ID-18801003-ADNFCR