The latest planning application was to re-develop the site to create 492 new dwellings. This would comprise of a change of use for the original tower plus the creation of two more towers along the Broadway.
Last May our RBK planning department refused the application citing 11 reasons including poor design and landscaping, a failure to justify ‘significant loss of employment floorspace’ and a failure to visibly maximise affordable housing on-site. However, the applicant appealed.
The appeal hearing was in December. One of our Executive Committee members was present. He reported back to us the good news that the developer has withdrawn their application. They gave the reason that due to the extra cost required from new fire safety regulations, they no longer believe the plans for their development to be financially viable. It will be interesting to hear what will happen next. Probably, the site will be sold on to yet another developer.