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TALL STORY: Irish developer Ballymore has been granted planning permission to build Europe's tallest residential development in London's Docklands.

The £300 million project, named 1 Millharbour, was converted into a residential scheme in November 2002 when London's office market began to falter.

The new masterplan by architect Skidmore Owings Merrill includes more than 700 apartments in two interlinking towers rising to 36 storeys and 50 storeys in height.

The towers will be connected by a landscaped podium that will incorporate commercial space including bars and restaurants, luxury retail stores, a health spa and a proposed luxury hotel. Formal appointment of a contractor is expected this autumn.