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Potters Fields Plans Approved

The planning committee of the London borough of Southwark has decided to approve the proposed One Tower Bridge development, a scheme perhaps better known by most as Potters Fields.

The controversial proposals in 2003 saw what were dubbed "Daleks" on the site, although there were eventually dropped by developer Berkeley Homes after numerous complaints about the physical scale and density of the project. Of particular concern was the fact that the land the project would stand on sits almost next to Tower Bridge and is highly visible from a number of well-known vistas of London, an impression that has been amplified by the fact that the site has been bare for almost three decades.

Coming in their place was a new proposal by Squire and Partners with 356 apartments, plus 6,554 square metres of cultural floorspace and 1,827 square metres of commercial space to help it slot into the nearby More London project that is now complete.

To help the project slide through the planning system more easily than the last scheme, the heights of the buildings were substantially reduced to lower their prominence with the tallest being 73.9 metres AOD and proving an exception to the rest of the development. This 20-storey structure will be residential and is based on a Venetian campanile, something that perhaps harks back to the design options which were floated for the site in the early 90s.

Elsewhere all the space within the scheme is contained within buildings that are no more than 20-storeys in height which translates into a height of only 45.05 metres AOD, a substantial reduction on the previous "Daleks".

Despite winning over Southwark Council, the project still has to win the go-ahead from the Mayor of London whose office has criticised the scheme on a number minor of points, and by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

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