NLA report finds one new tall building application submitted on average every three days in 2015

Over 400 new towers are set to grace London’s skyline in the coming decade according to a new report released by New London Architecture.

Research by the NLA has shouwn that over 119 new towers have been planned for London since the last annual report was released in 2015 a rate of one every three days over the course of the year. The surge in towers has pushed up the total pipeline of buildings with 20 floors and over to 436.

A total of 233 tall buildings in London have planning approval but are yet to start on site and a further 114 towers are either in planning or at pre-application stage.

A significant number of the tall buildings planned form parts of wider masterplans, which arrange multiple towers in clusters.

The report found that Tower Hamlets was due to accommodate the majority of new tall buildings with a total of 93 proposed. Greenwich takes second place, with 67 projects, a significant increase from the 8 schemes revealed in last year’s report. An increasing number of tall buildings are also coming forward in outer London, with 23 proposed in Barnet and 18 in Croydon.

Speaking about the report NLA chairman Peter Murray said: “We believe that well designed tall buildings in the right place, and well coordinated clusters, are acceptable. It is increasingly important that the planning and development community improves the way it communicates with the wider public.

“We continue to press for the Mayor to prepare a three-dimensional computer model of the whole of London to better assess the impact of these buildings. The 436 tall buildings in the pipeline is a significant number. However, with the much publicised softening of the housing market, it remains to be seen how quickly they are delivered.”