Kensington councillors will today decide whether to give the green light to the latest block of luxury flats from Candy & Candy. Financial Times

The Candy brothers propose that two Thistle hotels built in the Victorian era will be replaced with a David Chipperfield-designed, 97-apartment scheme looking out on to Kensington Gardens.

Local residents, the Kensington Society and the Earl of Dudley have opposed the scheme.

But Candy & Candy have the support of English Heritage, the Royal Parks and the Historic Royal Palaces.