The Candy brothers' CPC Group were last night given planning permission for their 891,000 sq ft scheme at the site of the former Middlesex hospital.

Westminster City Council unanimously approved the scheme after it was reported on propertyweek.com last Wednesday that the application was likely to pass through with ease.

The development, designed by Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects, will provide 273 new homes and 355,000 sq ft of offices in London’s West End.

Candy & Candy founders Nick and Christian Candy toasted the achievement and applauded staff when they heard the news at 10.30pm last night, at the Royal Parks Foundation fundraiser they were sponsoring in the name of their other project, One Hyde Park.

Nick Candy, said: ‘Ken Shuttleworth and his team at Make Architects have created an exemplary design which will now rejuvenate the existing area and offer a fresh aspect to the whole experience of city living.

‘It is a remarkable achievement to have gained planning approval for such a major scheme in such a short amount of time.’

A decision had been deferred on the mixed-use development, which will be known as Noho Square, because of concerns about its height and bulk.

Make subsequently revised the plans and among the changes made was a re-pitching of the roof at a shallower angle, reducing the size of the scheme on the top floors.

Savills director Simon Stone, who advised on the scheme, added: ‘We are obviously delighted with the Westminster’s resolution to grant consent for this important project. ‘The team has found a great solution for the site which will transform this part of central London.’