Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has said he is 'minded to'
approve, as 'a tower for the toffs' and a 'damaging
The plans, by Berkeley Group subsidiary St George, had been rejected
by Lambeth Council and a Government inspector who headed a public
inquiry had strongly advised against them.
Lord Baker urged ministers, in a Lords debate, to 'revisit' their
decision to give planning permission to the proposed development next
to Vauxhall tube station.
For Tories, former Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Baroness
Hanham warned the tower would be 'taller than Canary Wharf' and
that it would set a bad precedent.
Lord Bassam of Brighton, for the Government, told peers: 'Because
of the delicate position in which the application is there is little
that I can say about this specific case.'
'No final decision' had been taken, he stressed.
But Mr Prescott had said in March he was generally in favour,
subject to there being adequate provision for affordable housing.