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Developer wants new planning agreement for Battersea

The developer behind plans to turn Battersea Power Station into an upmarket leisure, shopping and housing facility, wants to vary the Section 106 (s106) planning agreement already in place for the scheme, according to a local pressure group.

Details of Parkview International's desired amendments to the s106 agreement, which states that the power station must be redeveloped in its entirety before anything else can be developed, remain unclear.

Brian Barnes, chairman of residents' organisation the Battersea Power Station Community Group, claimed: 'Parkview would like to start development on a residential scheme in part of a 6ha site attached to the power station, however, but has so far been refused.

'It is now questioning what is meant by 'in its entirety', and whether it can simply put a roof on it, and leave it as a shell that is watertight.'

But Parkview is absolutely refuting this statement, saying instead that it would get the building ready for tenant fit-out, which would include the installation of new floors as well as a provision of a roof over the turbine hall.

'[Parkview] was suggesting hotels, and shopping malls with fountains,' said Barnes. 'But since it has engaged in talks with Irish firm Treasury Holdings, it is happy just to get the site into shape, and start residential projects, which would be more attractive to Treasury.'

Barnes added: 'Treasury is not interested in hotels and shopping malls, it just wants to turn the whole site into luxury apartments like the rest of Wandsworth riverside, and Parkview realises that.'

by Richard Vaughan

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