Irvine Sellar’s plans to redesign Seal House in the City of London have been dealt a blow after planning officers recommended refusal of planning permission and ‘a fundamental redesign’.

Sellar Property plans a David Chipperfield-designed, 11-storey scheme next to Fishmongers’ Hall, comprising around 204,000 sq ft of offices.

Planning officers cited ‘excessive height’ and a ‘detrimental’ relationship with the listed hall. They also said the scheme would impact on the river view from the Monument.

‘This advice has been consistently given [to Sellar] since prior to the formal submission of the application,’ their report read. ‘These issues are not capable of satisfactory resolution by modification of the existing scheme and necessitate a fundamental redesign of the proposal.’

Sellar director James Sellar said: ‘We are disappointed to receive a recommendation for refusal but not altogether surprised.’

The application will go to committee next Tuesday.