South Bank enquiry underway


An inquiry into the effect of development plans for the South Bank is underway and English Heritage has opposed the scheme, it has been reported.

The hearing in Lambeth town hall will discuss the planned construction of Doon Street, a 43-storey development by Coin Street Community Builders.

Philip Davies of English Heritage said the development "will seriously harm two of London’s most treasured views".

"Londoners – and the millions of people who visit our capital each year – deserve better."

The tower will feature 282 private apartments and the developer intends to use income from the flats to help fund new public facilities, which include a new swimming pool.

Any development that alters London’s skyline is likely to stimulate discussion – the London Eye and the Gherkin continue to attract criticism despite being regarded by some as iconic designs.

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