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London One Tower Bridge scheme wins planning
House builder Berkeley’s plans to build 374 homes in a multi-storey scheme next to Tower Bridge in London have been approved.
The controversial scheme, which will also see a cultural centre, boutique hotel and new shopping street built on the derelict coach park at Potters Fields, will now go to the Mayor’s office for final approval.
The London Borough of Southwark’s decision to give planning approval is the culmination of three years of work since an agreement was signed between Berkeley Homes and council chiefs in spring 2008, bringing to an end several years of tortuous argument about the future of the high-profile site.
As part of the deal, Berkeley Homes has pledged to pay £10m towards the building of affordable housing away from the development site.
One Tower Bridge scheme
• comprises 7 buildings ranging in height from 6 to 11 storeys
• includes 374 homes including 74 ‘affordable’ homes
• features an illuminated 20-storey residential ‘campanile’ roughly the same height as Tower Bridge.
• incorporates a pedestrian avenue linking the Samuel Bevington statue in Tooley Street with Tower Bridge
• involves demolition of the recently completed Blossom Square Amano kiosk
• would encroach on land currently part of Potters Fields Park but would ‘give back’ more land
• could incorporate land owned by the City of London Corporation next to Tower Bridge