Hazel Blears MP has called in P&O Estates and Morgan Stanley Real Estate plans for a major redevelopment next to Waterloo station.
The minister for the department for communities and local government said an inquiry should consider whether it was appropriate to have tall buildings in this conservation area.
Elizabeth House is a dilapidated building that runs alongside the station on York Road. P&O Estates plans a 1.4m sq ft scheme, designed by Allies & Morrison .
The office element totals 845,000 sq ft in two office blocks of 28 and 22 storeys while 280 flats will be developed in a 33-storey building.
Last week the Mayor’s office said it would not direct the council to refuse planning consent for the scheme.