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Land Securities - Park House

​​​Securing planning permission for the redevelopment of the largest city-block in the West.

On behalf of Land Securities we led pre-application discussions Westminster City Council (WCC), the Greater London Authority (GLA), local politicians and other relevant parties and prepared and negotiated the planning application for this 1.3 acre city block on Oxford Street. The block contained 7,000 sqm of underperforming retail floorspace, 17,000 sqm of obsolete office space which no longer met occupier requirements, and 3,000 sqm of student accommodation for University College London.

Land Securities had a 999 year lease from the Grosvenor Estate for the site and was planning to replace the entire block with a single building of high quality architecture containing a mix of uses (11,500 sq.m. of retail, 25,360 sq.m. of offices, 9,500 sq.m. of residential).

Having made the case to consultees, including the New West End Company, for improving the retail offer on this part of Oxford Street, we then:

Provided strategic planning advice throughout the process, including developing an affordable housing strategy and justifying the relocation of the student accommodation to facilitate the development.

  • Prepared and negotiated a planning permission, including detailed discussions with the GLA as the scheme  was referable due to height

  • Completed the legal agreements and agreed the conditions on the planning permission, which included the affordable housing ‘credit’ units

  • Established a dialogue with key stakeholders, including the Cabinet Member for Planning, Ward Councillors and numerous local community groups

To further help secure planning permission, we worked with the client and project team to produce a design solution and building form acceptable to WCC, the GLA, the local community and other key consultees; we made the case to WCC and the GLA to relocate the student accommodation and pay a commuted sum in lieu of affordable housing provision; and we drove the project forward to deliver consent within a tight timescale.  

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