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CZWG considers suing council over 'questionable' planning rejection


At the time of going to press, CZWG's Piers Gough was on the verge of suing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea over what he claims was a dodgy planning decision.

The practice is to decide whether to press charges for costs accrued during the reworking of proposals for a controversial residential conversion rejected by planners in February 2004.

CZWG won approval from the council on 10 May for a toned-down version of the power station conversion after an initial appeal was thrown out by the High Court.

The original refusal cited residents' concerns over the 'bulk, mass and scale of the building', which is located on Alpha Place, close to London's famous King's Road.

But Gough insisted there was no reason the practice should have had to suffer the financial hit of reworking the scheme.

'We've got another 10 days to rethink our position and at the moment we are discussing what to do, ' he said.

'We've now got planning for a scheme that's not as good as the one we were told we couldn't have, ' Gough continued.

'The new project is not as flamboyant on the east side, which was the closest to the most vociferous neighbours.

'We've increased the distance between the building and the neighbours, even though there was no legal reason to do so.

'It's a disappointing scheme and we felt the council's comments were completely out of order, ' he added.

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