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Surprise deferral on UK’s tallest residential tower

A planning decision on a 75-storey mixed-use tower in London’s docklands has been unexpectedly deferred, Construction News has learned.

The tower – which would be the second-highest habitable building in the UK if built today, topped only by the Shard – had been recommended for approval.

However, at a Tower Hamlets council planning meeting, the City Pride tower on Westferry Road was deferred to allow officers to prepare a further report.

The report will deal specifically with the planning issues raised by members of the council, rather than with the business case - though issues of viability that impact affordable housing provision will be discussed.

A council spokesperson said: “The committee was minded not to support the officers’ planning recommendation to approve the application for City Pride.”

The planned property on the site of the City Pride Public House would comprise 822 residential units and 1,624 services apartments.

Chalegrove Properties is proposing the redevelopment on the 15 Westferry Road site, owned by Landmark North and UK Power Network Holdings.

The local council had recommended to a meeting of the strategic development committee on 13 June that the scheme go ahead, subject to a contribution of £4.2m to community services.

This includes £600,000 in leisure and community facilities, £350,000 to ease the strain on educational facilities and more than £1m each for health facilities and public open spaces.

In a paper to be presented to the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee, the scheme is hailed as maximising the use of land and helping towards “creating a sustainable residential environment”.

A total of 37 per cent of this scheme and a neighbouring project on Island Point must also be affordable housing, with 61 per cent of these for social rent.

The scheme must also be approved by mayor of London Boris Johnson and must complete a legal agreement.

Chalegrove submitted the application in January.

The developers also submitted an application for 173 residential units on a separate development nearby.

This application involves the building of several smaller blocks ranging from three to five storeys, with rooftop pavilions, underground parking, open space and associated community buildings.

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