Hogan Lovells Advises on the Court of Appeal Hearing for the Shell Centre Redevelopment

11 June 2015
On 11 June 2015 Lords Justice Longmore, Davis and Sales dismissed an appeal made against Mr Justice Collins' decision to uphold the Secretary of State's grant of planning permission for the 1.45 million square feet redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London's 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 Secretary of State granted planning permission on 5 June 2014 following a 12 day public inquiry held at the end of 2013. 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".  The decision to grant planning permission was upheld by the Planning Court following a two day hearing in December 2014.  The Court of Appeal hearing was held on 20 April 2015 to consider the apparent bias of the Inspector at the call-in inquiry.

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

Commenting on Mr Justice Collins' decision, Michael said:
"We are delighted that the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.  The decision means that after extensive delays this exciting, high quality development on London's South Bank can proceed."


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