Cabe has refused to give its backing to a scheme on London’s South Bank because of the impact a 144m high tower would have on Somerset House across the river.

Cabe said it found much to admire in the £200m Doon Street scheme, which was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for Coin Street Community Builders. However, it took exception to its tower element because it would be visible from the entry sequence and higher terrace of Somerset House.

Cabe said this would detract from the setting of the grade I-listed building.

It said it regretted not being able to support the scheme, “which results from a successful collaboration between highly regarded architects and a committed client”.

It added that the design “would provide much-needed local and public facilities and improvements to the public realm. Sadly, however, our view on the visual impact of the tower on Somerset House means we are unable to give it our support.”

The scheme’s five buildings include residential apartments, commercial space and a new headquarters for the Rambert Dance Company.

The tower has already been reduced from 172m.