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Lord Rogers criticises Prince's intervention

A row between Lord Rogers and the Prince of Wales over a multimillion-pound property development has erupted again.

Lord Rogers said that Prince Charles’ determination to express views on his modernist design for Chelsea Barracks in west London was “wrong”.

His comments came after a High Court judge declared the Royal’s intervention in the matter was “unexpected and unwelcome”.

Charles strong opinions led developers Qatari Diar Real Estate to withdraw their planning application for the prestigious site.

Their partner in the scheme, CPC Group, failed in a High Court bid to get an early payment of £68.5 million after the proposal was pulled.

Mr Justice Vos said both CPC and Qatari Diar Real Estate, the partners in the development, “were faced with a very difficult position once the Prince of Wales intervened in the planning process”.

“His intervention was, no doubt, unexpected and unwelcome.”

“The way in which the Prince of Wales intervened in helping to get the original Chelsea Barracks planning application withdrawn was wrong,” said Lord Rogers.

“I hope that this judgment demonstrates that similar interventions should be considered far more seriously before they are made in the future.”

Clarence House declined to comment.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Thank goodness for Prince Charles!

    He wrote a letter which anyone of us is able to do. He did not "interfere" in the way implied by Rogers, Candy and co. He had no part in the project - he had no leverage other than his personal opinion.

    "Mr Justice Vos said both CPC and Qatari Diar Real Estate, the partners in the development, “were faced with a very difficult position once the Prince of Wales intervened in the planning process”." and “The way in which the Prince of Wales intervened in helping to get the original Chelsea Barracks planning application withdrawn was wrong,” said Lord Rogers." Utter rubbish!

    We have been saved from an inappropriate development on one of the key sites in London. Can we not learn the lessons of the apalling Dome which was foisted on the city.

    Let us have an international competition with RIBA as arbiter and perhaps we will get something fitting for the site.

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  • The sooner this meddling monarch stops trying to undermine the work of dedicated and talented professionals the better for all of us. Prince Charles thinks that we all want to live in the Middle Ages when despotic monarchs could do what they wanted. Maybe it is time to shut him in the Bloody Tower.

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  • If our "dedicated and talented professionals" were as good as they think, they should be able to respond in a reasoned manner.

    It is the fact that we do not live in the Middle Ages that enables debate to take place.


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  • CHARLES ROBERTS

    The arrogance of modernist architects like Rogers is quite astonishing! Is nobody allowed to criticise them? We have put up with the unloved buildings they promote for far too long. Thank goodness Prince Charles has articulated what the majority thinks!

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