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Foster resubmits church after changing design - images

Norman Foster's first ever church project is back in for planning after a 'significant' redesign.

Last summer the 71-year-old's proposals to extend the Grade II-listed St Paul's church in Onslow Square, west London were withdrawn from planning after angry local residents complained about the size of the development (Foster's church scheme rejected ).

Now Holy Trinity Brompton, the client behind the scheme to extend and revamp the existing church, has resubmitted a scaled-down and altered version to Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.

Following an extensive public consultation, the scheme has shrunk from four to three storeys, the floor space has been reduced by almost a fifth and the proposed roof terraces have been abandoned.

As a result of the size reductions, plans for a bookshop, café and flat within the new extension have also been shelved.

However the proposed demolition of the existing church hall and vicarage will still go ahead.

A spokesman for Holy Trinity Brompton, Mark Elsdon-Dew, said: 'It appears that the local residents weren't as happy with the first design as we thought they were going to be.

'But all these things work for good and we now think [the new design] is a better scheme.'

by Richard Waite

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