Spparc-designed 30-storey tower in London Bridge wins planning battle after Court of Appeal grants its consent

The Quill, a 500-bed student accommodation scheme on the South Bank in London, has been granted planning consent by the Court of Appeal.

Last week the Court of Appeal ruled that Southwark Council was right to grant planning permission for the 31-storey scheme next to the Shard.

Southwark Council has twice granted planning permission for the scheme, designed by architect Spparc for client Investream, but adjoining landowner Threadneedle took out a judicial review against Southwark Council and communities secretary Eric Pickles, who decided against calling in the planning decision for review.

Rory Joyce, partner at Drivers Jonas Deloitte and planning consultant for the development said:

“After three years of working with the Council and other parties to gain planning permission for this scheme, we are delighted with the Court of Appeal’s decision. 

“At a time when we all recognise the pressing need for investment and regeneration, it is more important than ever that developers are able to get on with delivering high quality schemes like The Quill.”