Hogan Lovells Advises on the Successful Public Inquiry on the Shell Centre Redevelopment

LONDON, 10 June 2014 - On 5 June 2014 the Secretary of State granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London's South Bank following a 12 day public inquiry held at the end of last year.  Agreeing with the Inspector's recommendations, the Secretary of State noted that the "architecture of the proposed development would be varied but consistently high quality; and that the proposed development would enhance its surroundings and the character of the South Bank".

Hogan Lovells' London planning team has advised Braeburn Estates Limited, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, on the redevelopment proposals for the Shell Centre since November 2011.  The planning application was submitted to the London Borough of Lambeth on 13 December 2012 and Lambeth resolved to grant planning permission on 21 May 2013.  The Secretary of State called in the planning and related heritage applications for his own determination in September 2013.  The scheme comprises 800,000 sq ft of offices (including the Shell Tower), 800,000 sq ft of residential, and up to 80,000 sq ft of retail and leisure to be located in  eight new buildings.  The Shell Tower will be retained and incorporated into the redevelopment proposals as part of Shell International Petroleum Limited's UK headquarters. 

The Hogan Lovells team was led by Head of Planning Michael Gallimore, supported by senior associate Victoria Du Croz.

Commenting on the Secretary of State's decision, Michael said:

"We are delighted that the Secretary of State recognized the high quality nature of the development and the considerable benefits that the scheme will deliver.  This decision opens the way for an exciting development on London's South Bank."

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