Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Barracks development gets go-ahead

A multi-million pound residential redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks has finally been given the go-ahead

A multi-million pound redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks has been given the green light two years after the Prince of Wales intervened over plans for the site.

Westminster Council on Monday night gave consent to an outline master plan for the scheme, which will see the 13-acre property turned into up to 448 houses and flats, a sports centre, shops and a health centre.

The plans will now be referred to Mayor of London Boris Johnson for approval before detailed designs are submitted, the council said.

The move comes after a row broke out between Charles and Lord Rogers over a previous design by the award-winning architect for the site in west London. In June 2009, developer Qatari Diar Real Estate withdrew its planning application for the prestigious site after the Prince wrote to the chairman, the prime minister of Qatar, saying that his "heart sank" when he saw the design.

Lord Rogers said that Charles' determination to express his views on his design for the barracks in west London was "wrong".

Following the withdrawal of the planning application, Qatari Diar's then-partner the CPC group launched a High Court action to get an early payment of £68.5 million after the scheme's collapse, but the legal bid failed.

The architects behind the revised plans are Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie.

Councillor Alastair Moss, chairman of the council's planning and city development committee, said: "Chelsea Barracks is the most significant residential development we have seen in Westminster in recent years. It is a world class site, in a historic part of the capital and it is vital that its redevelopment helps improve the area.

"We should be proud of this scheme and the huge amount of effort put into it by all parties. The master plan has widespread support among local residents, community groups and businesses."

The development will include 123 affordable homes, with £78 million being contributed to the council's affordable housing fund. Green spaces, road layouts and landscaping details were also approved, and the Grade II listed chapel on the site would be maintained, the council said.

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