Tuesday 13 March 2012 2.53pm
The demolition of the corner building is merely so they can say that the planning permission has been 'implemented' and therefore will never expire.
Normally demolition doesn't count as implementation (as in most cases you don't need permission to knock down a building), so developers have to dig a trench or sink a pile or something to constitute a 'material operation' towards the construction of a scheme.
However, leading planning lawyer Christopher Katkowski QC argues here
that as the secretary of state specifically mentioned demolition in her decision letter approving the 20 Blackfriars Road
scheme, knocking down the corner building is sufficient to allow the developers to 'bank' the planning permission indefinitely.