City to delay 22 Bishopsgate right of light decision

The City of London Corporation is to postpone the discussion of a report at today’s Planning and Transportation Committee over the potential acquisition of land for planning purposes at 22 Bishopsgate.

The Corporation had proposed using section 237 powers to temporarily acquire the site. This was because the development could have faced a potential injunction on rights of light issues and it could have posed a significant threat to the progressing of the scheme.

However, the City of London Corporation has received further correspondence from interested parties and will now be giving this new information its full consideration. Therefore, the report will be brought to the 5th April Planning and Transportation Committee.

Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee, Michael Welbank, said:

“The use of a section 237 for the temporary acquisition of a site in the City is something that the Corporation has rarely used. When it does, it gives this very careful consideration and only for developments of strategic significance for the City. As we have received new correspondence from interested parties on this matter it is only right we give this our full attention. Therefore, we will delay its consideration until the next Planning and Transportation Committee in April.”

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The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:

  • We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of around £20 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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