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Farrell takes the stand over rejected Founder's Place scheme - image

The planning inquiry into Terry Farrell's rejected Founder's Place scheme for Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, which started on Tuesday (17.04.07), has kicked off in earnest with Terry Farrell giving evidence.

Turned down by Lambeth council last April, the massive mixed-use development for the NHS Foundation Trust was originally branded 'oppressive and overbearing' by members of the borough's planning committee.

However the charity, which wants to build 641 new homes including key-worker apartments on the northern end of Archbishop's Park, subsequently appealed against the decision.

Terry Farrell and Partners is convinced the scheme opposite St Thomas' Hospital in the Lambeth Palace conservation area - which will also create a new 22-room Ronald McDonald House for families of patients at the Evelina Children's Hospital - will 'significantly enhance the local area' and create a safer and more secure environment for local people.

The inquiry is scheduled to take up to 12 days, with Farrell expected to give evidence for at least two days.

The result of the inquiry is not expected to be announced until July.

by Richard Waite

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