The £1.2 billion Shell Centre development in London, masterplanned by Squire & Partners, has been awarded planning permission after being called in for review by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Featuring 8 towers of up to 37 storeys which will sit alongside the existing 27-storey Shell Tower, the scheme was granted permission by the local council last year but was called in for review over fears that it could threaten the UNESCO Heritage status of the area around Westminster. However, despite being awarded planning once again, opponents of the scheme have said they will continue to fight it, and have threatened to mount a judicial review of the scheme. Read on after the break for more on the controversy The scheme is planned to provide nearly 800 new homes, close to 80,000 square metres of office and 8,000 square metres of retail, taking advantage of the site's close proximity to both a major transport hub at Waterloo Station, and the popular tourist destination around Westminster and the London Eye.
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