IN BRIEF: Lambeth refuses tower plans

The London Borough of Lambeth has refused plans for a 50-storey, 180m tower at Vauxhall. The plans, submitted by developer St George, included a 40 per cent affordable housing element and were backed by London mayor Ken Livingstone and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Planning committee chairman Brian Palmer said the application "grossly distorted the mixed-use consent given to the site and failed to provide a significant amount of affordable housing".

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