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Office redevelopment plans face High Court battle

Office redevelopment plans face High Court battle
Plans to redevelop a 1960s office complex near Waterloo station in central London will be the subject of a High Court battle next year.

Concerns have been raised by English Heritage about whether two 29-storey office buildings designed by David Chipperfield Architects might have an impact on Westminster Palace and the Elizabeth Tower (commonly known as Big Ben).

But the Department for Communities and Local Government has said that the development should go ahead because of its significant economic advantages.

It is thought that much of English Heritage's argument will revolve around fears areas of central London could lose their UNESCO world heritage status, something that could damage tourism.

Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, which also opposes the project, said: "We are delighted at this development, because the council is committed to preserving the status of the Palace of Westminster as one of the world's most important ... world heritage sites."

By Francesca Witney