Southwark Council’s planning committee last night approved plans for the extension to the Tate Modern.

The committee gave the Green light to the proposed 11-storey, £215m extension designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The revised design uses a brick lattice effect that is more energy efficient and more closely relates to the Bankside Power Station behind it, than the previous glass construction.

Committee chair Cllr James Gurling said the extension clearly demonstrated that Southwark was ‘an exciting place in to invest’.

The Tate Modern draws many more millions of visitors every year to its world class collections than was anticipated when it was first built, so providing more space is crucial,’ he said.

‘This challenging and iconic extension will not only help people move around the exhibitions in more comfort but also guide them outside to enjoy the lovely public space beyond to the Bankside and other parts of Southwark.

‘Bankside was neglected for many years but is now – like the rest of the borough - going through an incredible regeneration, and it demands prominent and exciting architectural design at its heart.’

Last week mayor of London Boris Johnson raised some concerns over The Tate Modern’s revised extension plans.

A spokesperson for the Mayor said: 'The Mayor was highly supportive of the proposals for an extension at the Tate Modern, in particular its bold and imaginative design. He did raise valid issues in respect of accessibility which officers are seeking to resolve before it’s referred back to him by Southwark Council for a decision.'

Demolition works should start in July, with the majority of construction works commencing on site in January 2010. The £215m Tate Modern 2 could be open by 2012.