The future of Battersea Power Station has taken another twist after the developer was given the go-ahead to secure the Grade II-listed building and develop on the adjacent site.
Wandsworth Council agreed to Parkview International's plans, as well as the amendment to the Section 106 agreement, which defined how 'complete' renovations needed to be on the power station before work could continue elsewhere on the site (AJ 26.10.06).
The decision will come as a blow to local campaigner the Battersea Power Station Community Group, which is opposing Parkview's proposals, but the organisation still believes little change will occur on the site.
Keith Garner, director of the campaign group, said: 'The meeting is not particularly significant, as we don't expect much to change. Parkview is saying all this on the surface, but I doubt much will actually be done to the building.
'All they want to do is build around it, with the hope of getting rid of the power station down the line.
'[Parkview] has a history of just pulling things down. They are now saying the ceiling in the A Control Room is 'beyond repair'. These people have only ever destroyed things,' he added.
Contrastingly, the decision will be a major boost to Parkview, who will now get on with the job of fitting a new roof on the iconic building, as well as new floors and a new west wall.
Leslie McDonnell, of Wandsworth Council, said: 'Parkview now have the consents they need to get on with the job of restoring this famous building.
'They have told us they will be ready to start the work in earnest in the New Year - we expect them to keep to this.' by Richard Vaughan