Weekly planning news from the Central London boroughs

City of London

IanVisits reports that the old Museum of London site on London Wall will be demolished after the government decided not to call in the planning application for review. Last month, the City of London approved the plans, which will see the 1970s Museum of London building and the monolithic Bastion House office block that sits next to it demolished to be replaced with new public spaces and offices.

Building magazine reports that Sellar and Network Rail are making design changes to its £1.5bn plans to redevelop Liverpool Street station in the City of London following a flood of objections, Building can reveal. The developers have asked architect Herzog & de Meuron back to tweak parts of the scheme to “reflect City and stakeholder feedback,” a source close to the project said. The project had received over 2000 objections, largely on the design being perceived to not fit in with the City’s heritage.

Building Magazine reports that the design for Eric Parry’s 1 Undershaft has been tweaked after Historic England criticism. The architect has made a series of changes to its plans for what would become the joint tallest building in the UK following a what has been described as a “stinging attack” by Historic England.

Architects’ Journal reports that tp bennett has gained planning consent for an extension and refurbishment of Alban Gate, Terry Farrell’s Postmodern office in the City of London, after replacing Gensler on the job City of London councillors unanimously consented to the refurbishment scheme for the 32-year-old building at 125 London Wall earlier this month (9 May) after the withdrawal of previous plans for Arax Properties.


City of Westminster

Bloomberg reports that Italian property giant Gruppo Statuto is to buy the Six Senses hotel at The Whiteley, Bayswater, for £180m. The move follows Gruppo Statuto’s string of purchases across Europe adding to its portfolio, and is one of London’s biggest property deals this year.

BE News reports that Aspida Capital, a family office specialising in investment and asset management in UK real estate, has purchased 105-109 Oxford Street in London for £18.5 million, in partnership with another family office. Antony Antoniou, managing director of Aspida Capital, said: “Oxford Street is reclaiming its crown as the UK’s top retail destination.”


Hammersmith and Fulham

London News Online reports that Neilcott Construction Ltd has been chosen by Hammersmith and Fulham council as the principal contractor for 31 flats in Farm Lane, 16 of which are to be affordable homes. The scheme was approved by the council in July 2023, with work to begin this summer. It is expected to be completed by January 2026.



The BBC reports that more than 100 people who are private tenants on Central Hill Estate in Norwood, Fenwick Estate in Clapham, Cressingham Gardens in Brockwell Park, Westbury Estate in Battersea and South Lambeth Estate in Oval are to move out as the estates are earmarked for regeneration and potential demolition by Lambeth Council. Lambeth Council said it would “provide vital housing for homeless families”.


Tower Hamlets

Development Finance reports that Tower Hamlet’s political and community leaders celebrated a major milestone this week in the transformation of a derelict East End gasworks into a low carbon neighbourhood with over 1,400 private and affordable homes. The ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on the 19th floor to mark the completion of the structural frame of the tallest building in phase one. Guests included Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Gateway Housing Association Project Director Rhiannon Meredith, Berkeley Group Chief Executive Rob Perrins and St James and St William Director Dean Summers.



London News Online reports that Wandsworth council is delivering more affordable housing alongside the development of community facilities, as the council’s planning committee recently approved proposals at the former Atheldene Centre, in Garratt Lane. This will increase the affordable housing offer on site from 45 per cent to more than 82 per cent.