Neighbours lose “right to light” objections to tallest City tower plans

An attempt by neighbours to prevent the building a proposed 62-storey skyscraper in the City of London on the basis that their “right to light” would be compromised has failed as the City of London backed the building’s developers.

The corporation was asked by owners of the site at 22 Bishopsgate for help to overcome opposition from nearby building owners concerned that their light would be blocked. The planning and transportation committee voted through a proposal for the corporation to acquire the site temporarily last week, under a section of law allowing it to overrule “right to light” claims if those making them receive compensation.

The tower is planned for the site of the former Pinnacle development, which was granted planning permission in April 2006. Offices for about 12,000 people and up to 100 companies are planned, and it is predicted to open for business in 2019.

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