Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candy Brothers to Hit Brick Wall in Barracks Plan; the Lack of Green Space Is a Stumbling Block: Nick Candy and the Earl of Stockton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candy Brothers to Hit Brick Wall in Barracks Plan; the Lack of Green Space Is a Stumbling Block: Nick Candy and the Earl of Stockton

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GOOD news for the Earl of Stockton, the Duke of Westminster, James Hambro, Sir Dai Llewellyn and hundreds of inf luential Belgravia residents who have written to complain about plans to develop the former Chelsea Barracks. The planning officers of Westminster council have not been entirely dazzled by current plans for the ?1 billion site, despite the enthusiastic lobbying it has received from Lord Rogers, the Qatari royal family or the property developers, the Candy brothers. The council says there's not enough green space and is insisting on significant improvements to the design.

Westminster's planning committee will see the scheme officially for the first time next Thursday when its preliminary decision will be made. But it already looks like the developers will be sent away with a long list of changes they will have to make.

"Better proportioned open spaces" and "larger public spaces" are required in several locations, the officers' report says.

It also notes that the demolition of an historic chapel on the site is "contrary to the Planning Brief" and would be acceptable only in the context of a "compelling open space". …

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