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Campaign against controversial Paddington Tower grows

As the decision deadline approaches, the chorus of dissent against plans to redevelop Paddington Station and create a 72-storey tower continues to grow.

The Victorian Society, who campaign to preserve historic buildings have joined the campaign against the proposed building, which they call the 'Paddington Pole'.

They are against plans to demolish a former Royal Mail sorting office built in 1892. The building is in the Bayswater Conservation Area.

James Young of the Victorian Society told ITV News the building is totally out of character with the surrounding area, and risks destroying a great historic building.

The developers, Sellar Property Group, say the building needs to expand due to Crossrail, and Londoners will get a new, state-of-the-art station out of private money. The plans, seen below in an artist's impression video, include a piazza and shops that will replace some of the derelict buildings in the area.

Westminster Council are currently consulting on the project and will make a decision in the coming months.

The developers of 31 London Street have formally submitted a planning application for the site to the Council.

As with any other proposal presented to us, the planning application will be considered on its merits and while these deliberations are taking place the Council will not be able to comment publicly.

A date of 8th March 2016 has been set so that our Planning Committee can review the application.

– Westminster Council