Foster + Partners’ contentious Whiteleys revamp gets green light

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Foster + Partners’ contentious Whiteleys revamp gets green light

Foster + Partners’ plans for the overhaul of London’s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead – despite opposition from locals.

Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.

Get Whiteleys Right, a local campaign group, fears the 10-storey-high additions at the back of the 1911 building will block daylight from existing flats in nearby Kensington Gardens Square.

‘As local residents, we would welcome sensitive redevelopment of this historic building,’ says the group. ‘However, we believe the height of the development should be capped at a maximum of five storeys.’

Get Whiteleys Right also raised concerns about the lack of affordable housing on site. Developers Meyer Bergman and Warrior Group will however contribute £6 million to affordable housing off site in the borough. […]

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