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Battersea redevelopment finally gets planning green light

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The government has decided not to call in the massive plans for the redevelopment and refurbishment of London's vacant Battersea Power Station.

Planning chiefs at the Government Office for London (GoL) issued an Article 14 'holding directive' last week when Wandsworth council indicated its decision to give the huge proposals the go-ahead.

However, it has now decided against holding a planning inquiry into the proposals, which are mainly by Grimshaw and Arup Associates.

The move means that the scheme has leapt the final planning hurdle and is free to start on site.

Grimshaw's project director Christopher Nash described the GoL decision as 'extremely good news'.

'After a long gestation period the project has finally had all the planning barriers lifted and the team is thrilled by this announcement, ' he said.

And Michael Roberts, chief executive of developer Parkview International, agreed. 'The decision confirms the widely held view that there could be no valid reason for withholding our planning consent, ' he said.

'These applications have been subject to a thorough and exhaustive consultation process and a comprehensive environmental impact assessment.

'The overall content of the scheme remains unchanged from existing permissions, and our applications also mirror GoL's own objectives of a greater architectural impact in the design of new buildings in London and significant improvements in local transport infrastructure, ' Roberts added.

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