Chelsea Barracks plan welcomed by London mayor


Wednesday 16th February 2011

Plans to build 363 new homes on the 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site in London moved a step closer to becoming reality after London Mayor Boris Johnson gave his initial backing for the new plans, subject to a few minor alterations.

Mayor Johnson's planning team said that they were pleased that the latest planning application "responds well to local context and respects the setting of the nearby listed buildings". However, they called for more details to be submitted.

The mayor particularly wants to know more about the affordable homes element of the development. Around a third of the new homes will be affordable.

It also wants to learn more about the energy efficiency planned for the new homes, such as how the heating will work, as part of the mayor's bid to ensure that the new build homes are green-friendly.

The Squire & Partners, Dixon Jones and Kim Wilkie-designed master plan includes 363 new build apartments, a hotel, retail space, along with sport and medical facilities.

The mayor's approval is subject to London Plan guidelines.

The original design for the site by Lord Rogers was scrapped by Qatari Diar following opposition from Prince Charles.