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'Tate Tower' rejected

Plans to build a 20-storey block of flats in Hopton Street next to Tate Modern have been rejected by Southwark Council.

Among those at the planning committee meeting was Tate Director Sir Nick Serota who likened the plan to building a tower block in the British Museum forecourt. The site was until recently a 19th-century stables occupied by a paper merchant.

The rejected proposal was the second for the site after the initial 32-storey plan, opposed by Prince Charles, was turned down earlier this year. London Mayor Ken Livingstone had favoured a tall building but residents in nearby Bankside Lofts and Falcon Point flats objected to loss of views.

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