LONDON MAYOR OVERTURNS PANEL'S APPROVAL OF THE TULIP
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports that London Mayor Sadiq Khan has formally rejected planning approval for The Tulip, a 304-m-tall tourist attraction proposed for the Square Mile in the heart of London. Khan had earlier expressed strong disapproval of the design, which has also come under fire from Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces and the Greater London Authority, all of which also cited its impact on views of the Tower of London. Despite the opposition, the City of London's planning panel voted in April to approve the project. The developer envisions The Tulip as an observation tower and educational facility. There was no word on whether the developer would appeal the mayor’s decision, but a spokesperson said "potential next steps" will be considered.