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Chelsea Barracks plan approved

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 last night gave consent to an outline master plan for the scheme, which will see the 5.3ha 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 £68.5M 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.

Westminster Council planning and city development committee chairman Alastair Moss said: “The master plan has widespread support among local residents, community groups and businesses.

“It will also provide much needed new affordable housing on site and hundreds more affordable units across the city through the substantial contribution made to our affordable housing fund.”

The development will include 123 affordable homes, with £78M 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.

Chelsea Barracks was sold by the Ministry of Defence to Qatari Diar in 2007.

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