Westminster, London UK
Planning permission has been granted to build a 43-storey residential block on London’s South Bank. The Doon Street Tower will stand at 168 meters, taller than anything else currently on the South Bank.
The new build was contested by English Heritage and Westminster City Council on the grounds that it would undermine the “rich architectural heritage of Westminster, which has 11,000 listed buildings.
Councillor Robert Davis, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for the built environment, railed against the ruling, saying that the tower would be “a blot on the landscape for generations to come? nothing short of architectural vandalism.”