Tate Modern and nearby residents are taking legal advice over plans to build a 20-storey tower block 50 yards from the Tate entrance. The penthouse flat is due to be marketed at around £10m.
The planning application by London Town was rejected by seven votes to one by Southwark Planning Committee but this decision was overturned on appeal last month.
Speaking at TateáModern, neighbour Teresa Trowle said that she represented over 130 residents from council tenants to owner occupiers who are overwhelmingly opposed to the tower block on the Mussett paper merchant site. They fear detrimental living conditions and an adverse effect on Tate Modern which locals are proud of.
"The new building should be low rise and a gateway building complementing the Tate" said Teresa Trowle.
Sir Nicholas added: "In any other country the area would be kept as a lung within the city. The site should be part cultural and part community use."
Dean of Southwark Colin Slee, who also lives alongside TateáModern, says: "This scheme will benefit a few and deface the environment for millions."