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Height fears flatten Farrell's Lots Road project

Terry Farrell's troubled scheme to redevelop Lots Road Power Station has suffered another blow with a fresh refusal from planners.

Developer Circadian is considering appealing after Kensington and Chelsea's planning committee last week rejected the £350 million residential scheme against the advice of its own officers.

The project straddles two different planning authorities and features two towers of 25 and 39 storeys.

It failed to convince planners in both Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham first time around but, after a substantial redesign, has now won backing from Hammersmith.

However, Kensington and Chelsea remains concerned at the height of the towers and the impact they will have on the River Thames.

Councillor Tim Ahern said that unless both towers were reduced to the height of the power station building, rather than the chimneys, it would be unacceptable to his committee. He also remained concerned about traffic increases, he said.

Andrew Locke, project director for Circadian, said: 'We are obviously very disappointed by this decision, especially in light of Hammersmith and Fulham's decision earlier this year to approve the part of the scheme in that part of the borough, subject to agreeing a Section 106 agreement. Circadian will now be carefully considering a number of options including an appeal.'

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