Planning Matters

Current issues and updates

City Place House/City Tower

An application has been submitted to demolish City Place House (55 Basinghall Street) and develop a new 12 storey office building. The new development will not only see a major expansion of the site’s footprint but will also bring the closure of the Highwalk from London Wall to Guildhall whilst construction work is taking place.

Wood Street Bar & Restaurant

This establishment has withdrawn its recent application for a Pavement Licence for 10 tables of 6 people to be sited outside of its premises. We believe another application is in the pipeline and will respond accordingly once the details are known.

1 London Wall

The application to create a new roof terrace at level 10 of the building has been withdrawn. The company had planned to use this external terrace “for temporary work space, breakout space, private functions and events”. Hence the potential for noise pollution so close to numerous residential premises was a serious concern and many residents objected. It is therefore pleasing to note that this application has now been withdrawn. However, the applicant may yet come back with another similar request in the future so we will keep our eyes firmly peeled.

Local Plan

Further consultation on the Local Plan 2036 is underway. The BA formed a working group and has recently submitted a formal response.

Centre for Music

The City has announced that the Centre for Music development will not be progressed and that there will be a “major renewal of the Barbican Centre”. A competitive selection process to find “a world-class architect-led team to take this project forward will be launched later this year”. This clearly raises questions as to the future of the current Museum of London site, particularly since the future of the neighbouring Bastion House site is also under discussion.

Bastion House and the Museum of London

A BA working group has been established to monitor this site and will have quarterly meetings with the City to discuss its future.

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