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Sadiq rejected the plans – described by Government heritage advisor Historic England as “a tall lift shaft with a bulge on top” – for the site last July, after they were approved by the City of London Corporation.
The developer has since made an appeal over his decision to the Secretary of State, due to be heard in the coming months.
In his letter, the Mayor outlines serious concerns that the proposed building “would not constitute the high standard of design” needed for the site on Bury Street in the City of London, his belief that the development would harm London’s skyline and affect views of the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site.
The Mayor also makes clear that he has been supportive of developments which add important office space to the heart of the City, but that the proposed development is ”an inappropriately sited visitor attraction” which would make no “economic nor positive social contribution to London”.