Councillors have given the go-ahead to plans for Catholic overseas aid charity CAFOD to build its new head office on part of the car park next to St George's Cathedral.
CAFOD – the official overseas development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales – announced in February that it intends to relocate its London office from Stockwell Road to Westminster Bridge Road.
Earlier this month Borough and Bankside Community Council resolved to grant planning permission for the 5 and 6-storey office building designed by Black Architecture.
The office building, which will have a gallery space at street level, will boast many environmentally-sustainable measures including a green roof.
Up to 250 of CAFOD's London-based staff overseeing its £40 million annual overseas aid programme will work from the new building.
The sale of some of the cathedral's car park to CAFOD will enable St George's to upgrade its dilapidated Amigo Hall.