The existing permitted application does not conform to the step-down principle from Canada Tower. The additional 7 storeys will make this worse. How do you justify this?
The step-down policies relate to the step down from 1 Canada Square and this scheme is substantially lower than 1 Canada Square, thus conforming to this requirement. This policy is not intended to be an absolute line of reduction. The matter was discussed in detail at the appeal. It is paramount to the development team that the increased height is not detrimental. A views analysis from a number of viewpoints has been undertaken to assess the additional impact. The conclusion of the townscape consultant is that this is an acceptable height and in line with the relevant policies. The proposed height is an original design concept that 225 Marsh Wall is twinned with the Madison development with both schemes of the same height bookending the new public park that has been created between the two buildings.