In a decision that is likely to be met with approval from many quarters, the Mayor has used his powers to stop plans for the second tallest building in Western Europe.
The so called ‘Tulip’ had been granted planning permission in April this year but that decision has been effectively overturned by the Mayor. The Mayor said that it ‘...would cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline and image of London...’
Whilst it might be easy to distinguish this as a one-off, given the extremely unusual nature of The Tulip, the Mayor’s decision will no doubt spark debate amongst developers as to his vision for the future of the London skyline. In times of economic uncertainty London must be seen as being open for business. Some would argue that the continued growth of tall buildings in the capital is an important part of that message.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has blocked plans for a new skyscraper dubbed The Tulip to be built in the city. The proposals had originally been approved in April 2019, despite a backlash from groups such as Historic England. But the build has been turned down by the mayor, who said it would not "constitute the high standard of design required for a tall building in this location".