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Double blow: Simpson’s Loggia rejected again

John Simpson Architects’ loggia proposal for Kensington Palace in west London has been denied planning permission for the second time

Councillors at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) this week vetoed the classical architects’ attempt to build a new entrance to Christopher Wren-designed palace.  

Deputy leader Daniel Moylan had previously described the addition as ‘just a few steps above a garden shed’.

A similar proposal was rejected in August last year. Client Royal Historic Palaces (RHP) in January tasked the architect to re-design the structure, but the attempt to please planning officials failed.

John Barnes, conservation director at Historic Royal Palaces said: ‘We are extremely disappointed at the rejection and will decide how best to proceed.’

The controversial plans are part of a £12 million revamp of the historic palace.

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