DC Casebook: Mixed use development - Office block found to match surroundings

The secretary of state has allowed a mixed-use redevelopment scheme in east London after rejecting an inspector's conclusion that part of the proposal would be out of scale with its surroundings.

The project included the change of use of three floors of an existing building from office use to residential, a 39-storey residential tower, a nine-storey office block, a further building 40m high and a two-storey roof extension to an existing building to provide 250 residential units. The secretary of state agreed with the inspector that the proposed tower was a slender, elegant and attractive piece of architecture and that the design was of very high quality.

However, she did not accept his conclusion that the office block would appear to have an inappropriate scale and perceived mass in the street scene. In reaching this view, she took the architectural diversity and different building heights of the surrounding area into account. She decided that the office block would be acceptable in its context and ruled that its design embodied materials and details of high quality.

DCS Number 100-058-467

Inspector John Gray; Inquiry.

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