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Boris sets new date for ruling on Eileen House Ministry of Sound row

The Mayor of London has announced that he will make a decision on the controversial planning application for a 41-storey tower on Newington Causeway at a public hearing on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

Boris sets new date for ruling on Eileen House Ministry of Sound row

It has taken four years for Oakmayne's planning application for the Eileen House site to work through the system in the face of fierce opposition from the neighbouring Ministry of Sound nightclub.

The club claims that it would be forced out of business if new homes are built so close to its Gaunt Street premises.

After Southwark's planning committee resolved to refuse permission for the tower, Boris Johnson intervened to 'take over' the application.

Although a hearing was scheduled and then cancelled earlier this year, the case has languished in the Mayor's in-tray for more than a year.

Now the Mayor has announced that a public hearing will be held in the chamber at City Hall on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 6.30pm

The is only the sixth time that the Mayor has held a representation hearing on a major planning application under new powers which were introduced in 2008. On all five previous occasions Mr Johnson has granted planning permission.

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