M&S goes to war with Michael Gove over flagship Oxford Street store

The retailer had secured approval from Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority

to demolish the central London landmark and build a new 10-storey block.

But the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has seized control

the planning application amid concerns about the environmental impact.

Sacha Berendji, group property director at M&S, said the company was “bewildered and disappointed at Michael Gove’s baseless decision”

accused the Levelling Up Secretary of “political grandstanding”.

The dispute highlights the conflict between Mr Gove’s levelling up agenda and the Government’s broader net-zero ambitions.

Ministers are also due to decide whether to intervene in a £400m project to redevelop ITV’s former South Bank studios.

to respond to changing customer trends, by delivering innovative and future proof buildings that are fit for purpose for a revived, dynamic high street.