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The development would have built 1,500 new homes on Westferry Road, the Isle of Dogs
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has accepted he approved a
The inspector also said that with buildings up to 44 storeys high, the development harmed the character of the area and views of Tower Bridge.
Robert Jenrick accepted the decision was technically unlawful but maintains there was no bias
Mr Jenrick rejected that advice and approved planning permission for the project.Local councillors asked the High Court to order the government to disclose emails and memos around the deal.Rather than disclosing the correspondence, the Housing Secretary's lawyers conceded the timing of his decision "would lead the fair-minded and informed observer to conclude that there was a real possibility" that he had been biased. Mr Jenrick accepted the original decision was technically unlawful but maintains there was no actual bias towards Mr Desmond."We don't believe there was any bias," Mr Jenrick told the BBC."But to ensure there was complete fairness we judged it was right for the decision to be re-determined."Tower Hamlets Council and the Greater London Authority have welcomed the announcement that a different government minister will now decide upon the project.
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Robert Jenrick
Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
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