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Wednesday 8 April 2009 12.02pm
Am I alone in considering that approval for erection of Mirax-Beetham and 20 Blackfriars Road skyscrapers is not only innopropriate to the location, particulary the impact on residents living nearby, but will alter the skyline dramatically. SE1 does not need what can be best described in the words of Prince Charles as 'Carbuncles'. Because high rise properties have been erected in the City of London (in nearly all instances without apparent considersation for the effect this has on the skyline or how these towers fit in with existing buildings in close proximity) it does not follow that properties of a similar nature will enhance the appearance or the prestige of SE1.

The suggestion that Boris Johnson hates SE1 may not be true but he certainly does not appear to care what impact such new developments have on Southwark.

The only parties which will benefit from the subject developments (financially or otherwise) will be the Developers themselves and those parties with vested interests. I do not think it is necessary to spell out the latter category.
Wednesday 8 April 2009 12.06pm
No, you are not alone, and there has been considerable discussion of these buildings on this forum, as a search of previous threads will show. I'm not sure Prince Charles's opinions are of much importance, but these buildings seem grotesquely out of keeping with their surroundings and hardly commensurate with the present economic climate.
Wednesday 8 April 2009 12.09pm
Welcome to the forum, David.

You will find that some of these questions have been well aired here in the past, including in the threads about the Beetham tower:

and 20 Blackfriars Road:

As for Boris Johnson, in fairness to him both of the Blackfriars schemes went through the the planning process before he became Mayor.

He did (via his deputy) send a strong letter of objection to the planning inspector who heard the inquiry last autumn. It's a moot point whether or not he could have done more to intervene in these particular cases.

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Thursday 9 April 2009 9.03am
Westminster Council reckons that their high court challenge of the Doon Street decision could have a knock-on for the Blackfriars towers:

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Thursday 9 April 2009 10.03am
These towers will transform what is currently a hideous, rundown, concrete 70s dump, into a modern rejuvenated business and residential area. The towers' heights are pretty average by London's standards and in any case, will be a vast improvement on the current mess of a skyline (which includes the ghastly Sea Containers house etc, and the rather dated Kings Reach). Anyway, the economy should have recovered by the time they are complete. - a timeline of future history

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