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City of London delays 22 Bishopsgate rights-to-light decision

Lipton Rogers’ 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper has been cast into further doubt after the City of London Corporation said it had received more letters today over a rights-to-light row.

The City of London’s planning and transport committee has postponed showdown talks over the issue to allow it to consider the new correspondence.

The committee was due to meet yesterday afternoon to decide whether to use emergency section 237 powers to temporarily acquire the site.

This would effectively override the rights of neighbouring property owners to block the project in the courts. However, the corporation has now delayed the discussion.

Speaking to Construction News, a spokesman for the corporation said: “We weren’t anticipating this level of correspondence so it’s only right that we give it fully consideration.”

The planning and transport committee will now meet on 5 April to decide whether to take action.

Planning and transportation committee chairman Michael Welbank said: “The use of a section 237 for the temporary acquisition of a site in the City is something the corporation has rarely used.

“When it does, it gives this very careful consideration and only for developments of strategic significance for the City.

“As we have received new correspondence from interested parties on this matter, it is only right we give this our full attention.”

The delay will cast further doubt on the 62-storey building, which was approved by the City of London Corporation last November and was scheduled to complete in early 2019.

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