The Duke – who owns the Grosvenor Estate adjacent to the west London site, bought by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investments for £1 billion last year – has blasted the proposals for being ‘monotonous’ and ‘out of context’.
The Candy brothers, who are running the development, are planning to build 638 flats on the former Ministry of Defence site, with some elements rising to 13 storeys in height.
In a letter to Westminster City Council, Grosvenor Estate director Nigel Hughes said the scheme is ‘right neither for the site, for the occupiers, for the existing neighbours nor for the City of Westminster'.
According to the Evening Standard, Hughes told Westminster’s chief planner Rosemarie MacQueen that the designs were ‘more akin to office complexes’, and claimed the approach to the site was ‘monotonous, repetitive, totally out of scale and out of context’.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – which is also working with Candy & Candy on London’s most expensive development, Hyde Park One in Knightsbridge – is designing the private flats, while Allford Hall Monaghan and Morris is designing the affordable housing.
A Candy & Candy spokesperson said: 'We fully appreciate the significance of the proposed redevelopment of the former Chelsea Barracks. We are sensitive to local stakeholders and meet regularly with, and are in discussions with, local residents including Grosvenor Estates and Belgravia Association.
'Our aim is to create a scheme which is both exemplary and appropriate in terms of design, and which meets the planning aspirations of Westminster City Council, hence successfully regenerating this important area of Chelsea.'