Planning permission granted for new City Road tower

Planning permission granted for new City Road tower

Another high-rise building on London's City Road has received planning permission from Hackney Council, which will mean another build-to-rent apartment scheme being provided for the capital.

The 225 City Road scheme is a 22-storey tower designed by architect AHMM  and will contain more than 100 apartments. This is one of six towers that have either been completed or are under construction in the Old Street Roundabout area of the capital. This location is not accidental, as the new residential developments may appeal strongly to those working in the tech companies clustered around  this area on the eastern edge of central London.

In addition to this latest scheme, Berkeley Group is working on its own project to build two twin towers, the taller of which will be 42 storeys high. These skyscrapers will contain nearly 1,000 flats. Mace is currently building a 40-storey block for developer Rocket with around 300 apartments. Existing tall buildings along City Road include the 36-storey Lexicon Tower and the 31-storey Canaletto building.

While the granting of planning permission may be good news for the construction jobs market, not everyone is happy. Hackney Council is content to allow such developments, but neighbouring Islington is not. In its submission, Islington Council said 225 City Road would be “inappropriately prominent” in an area it believes already has more than enough tall buildings.

It added: "Although less tall than existing and forthcoming tall buildings in the distinct and tightly-defined clusters at the City Road Basin and the Old Street roundabout, the proposal would undermine the coherence of these clusters, and would help to create a canyon effect along City Road."

Ultimately, however, Hackney Council has been convinced that the latest tall building in the area is not only appropriate, but much needed. As 'Silicon Roundabout' continues its growth, it may be that more controversies arise between the two councils, with London mayor Sadiq Khan having to adjudicate on many occasions.

His predecessor Boris Johnson took a very positive view of tall residential developments and often overruled decisions by councils to reject planning permission.