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Richard Rogers' Chelsea Barracks project must address local fears

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ (AHMM) controversial Chelsea Barracks scheme ‘needs to address local residents' concerns’, according to Westminster City Council.

A planning steering committee said last night that although it had been ‘persuaded’ by the high design quality of the Candy & Candy-backed project, it must not ‘overpower’ the surrounding area.

Councillor Alastair Moss said: ‘We can see that there are excellent elements to these proposals which will provide impressive community benefits.

‘The developer also needs to address the concerns of local residents so that the well-designed new buildings do not overpower their homes by blocking their light and views through their height and bulk.’

But Chris Candy, who is controlling the development of the project, pointed out that there has been less opposition than recently reported.

Candy said: ‘The masterplan approach is appropriate and offers scope for a scheme of considerable merit.

‘As to the opposition to the scheme, the Westminster City Council report highlights that just 77 letters of objection from adjoining owners or occupiers were received – representing a 2 per cent objection from the people that the council consulted.’

RSHP partner Graham Stirk said: ‘We have created a long, simple and formal relationship with the 350m frontage to the Royal Hospital while also responding to the complex layout to the north and east of the site with simple, linear pavilions.

‘This design will create a high degree of permeability to the development as well as encouraging public access through a substantial series of gardens.’

Paul Monaghan of AHMM, which is designing the 319 affordable units on the scheme, added that the buildings are positioned with a series of public and private gardens that ‘allude both to the London of old and the London of new’.

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