Inspector sees no "compelling justification" for 24-storey building next to Tate Modern

A 24-storey scheme by architect Eric Parry next to the Tate Modern in London has once again been refused planning permission.

Eric Parry scheme

A planning inspector last week backed Southwark Council’s decision to not allow the scheme to proceed.

The three-building, mixed-use development for Duelguide Property Investments was first refused planning permission by Southwark Council last year.

The inspector assessing the case said there was no need for such a tall building. He said: “I see no compelling justification in Urban Design terms for such a prominent landmark building in this location. The 24-storey tower would compete visually with the Tate Modern chimney, unbalancing the established townscape composition.”

During the planning inquiry, which sat for five days at Southwark Cathedral in March, Duelguide claimed that the benefits of the scheme were overwhelming and the detriments almost non-existent. Its lawyer accused the council of “taking a very precious attitude towards the Tate Modern."

Eric Parry Architects are currently on site with the restoration and redevelopment of the historic St Martin in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square.