The Mayor of London has reportedly rejected plans to develop a 246-room Premier Inn opposite County Hall on London's South Bank.
Property developer Hamiltons had proposed to re-use the 1830 grade-II listed General Lying-In Hospital building and demolish an adjacent accommodation block to create a hotel with a restaurant and café in the form of a stepped tower.
But a letter sent to Lambeth Council's planning department has confirmed that Boris Johnson, who has the power to refuse the application, objects to the effect of the tower on the listed hospital.
"The Mayor is concerned about the relationships between the proposed towers and the adjacent listed building," says the letter, leaked to Building Design magazine.
"In particular he [the Mayor] considers the height, bulk, massing and choice of materials harm the setting of the listed building."
Premier Inn already operates a 312-room hotel in County Hall itself.
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