Westminster City Council has told the Eyre Estate that its plans for the redevelopment of St John’s Wood Barracks in London need to be ‘radically revised’.
At Westminster City Council’s planning (applications) sub committee, which gives developers’ an early indication of what would be acceptable in their schemes, the committee said that the design for the 123 home scheme needed to be adapted as the plans were not a high enough quality for St John’s Wood.
The 5-acre site on Ordnance Hill is currently home to the King’s Troop, who are relocating in 2012.
The committee want more provision for the local community, more funding for play areas nearby and the potential use of the historic officers’ mess in the scheme, which is designed by architect John McAslan & Partners.
Councillor Robert Davis, chairman of the Planning Applications sub committee and deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said: ‘We place great emphasis on design in Westminster and are campaigning to see outstanding works of architecture. This is a sensitive location and we need to ensure this important development fits in with the more traditional character of this much loved area.
‘The architecture proposed for the barracks site was not of sufficient quality nor did it reflect the special character of this part of Westminster, which is itself unique and, after considering the representations received, the committee felt it wanted to look more closely at the issue regarding the loss of the officer's mess.
'This is an unlisted building of merit and we need to consider whether it is right for it to be demolished or should be incorporated into the plans.’
‘The developer also needs to address the concerns of local residents so the buildings do not overpower their homes by blocking their light and views with their height and bulk as well as giving more thought to parking on site.’