The Doon Street scheme is a major mixed development (adjacent to the National Theatre on Upper Ground, London SE1) master-planned by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and set out in three complementary planning applications:
- An educational/office building with adjacent town square and direct connection to Waterloo Bridge
- Rambert Dance Company’s new headquarters and three dance studios
- 329 flats and a public swimming and indoor leisure centre
All three applications were approved by Lambeth Council in August 2007 and by the Mayor of London in September 2007. On 25 September 2007, the Secretary of State announced that Lambeth Council could issue consents for the proposals for the western half of the site (the Waterloo bridge end – applications 1 & 2) but wished the application for the eastern end (application 3) to come to her for decision after being examined at a public inquiry.
The inquiry was held in February/March 2008. William Hicks QC represented the applicants. Major objectors were English Heritage represented by Neil King QC and Royal Parks. The main issues related to views of the residential tower from St. James’ Park and Somerset House, and the Tower’s relationship with the National Theatre and Festival Hall. A decision is expected in August 2008.