City’s planned tallest building wins battle to end “right to light” complaints

Controversial 22 Bishopsgate Tower to go ahead

The City of London is set to get yet another glass-clad monster tower after the developers behind the 22 Bishopsgate Tower won controversial backing to block “right to light” complaints that could have impeded the building’s progress.

The glass block will be the tallest in the Square Mile, and faced fierce opposition from neighbours and campaign groups who said its creation would throw their buildings into shadow and encroach on their “right to light”.

But developers working for AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets and Lipton Rogers warned that such battles could prevent the building work from progressing.

This morning the City of London Corporation Planning & Transportation committee voted to temporarily acquire the site so that the construction work can go ahead without any threat of injunction.  

A spokesperson for AXA IM – Real Assets and Lipton Rogers, said:  “We remain committed to working with all our neighbours in an open fashion, as well as the City of London, as we progress this important scheme and today’s decision is a positive step forward in allowing us to bring forward the development of 22 Bishopsgate within the intended timetable.”

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