Plans for a 14-storey ‘luxury’ hotel in Milton Keynes have been approved, despite objections from Historic England and conservation advisers.
The BBC writes:
Plans for a 14-storey “luxury” hotel in Milton Keynes have been approved, despite objections from Historic England and a conservation officer.
Hotel La Tour will be the tallest building in the town when it opens next to the Centre:MK in 2020.
Historic England opposed the plans as it believed the hotel would “harm the significance of the grade II listed shopping building”.
Hotel La Tour Ltd said the building would “raise Milton Keynes’ profile”.
Milton Keynes Council’s conservation officer shared Historic England’s concerns and said the scheme should only be approved “if public benefit outweighs the harm”.
‘Tallest tree’ limit
The plans have been approved by Milton Keynes Council’s development control committee.
When Milton Keynes was designated as a new town in 1967, planning guidance stated no building was allowed to be taller than the tallest tree.
This was later changed by what was then the Milton Keynes Partnership which decided the town needed “landmark buildings” and raised the height limit…..