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Land Securities - Wilton Plaza, Victoria

​​​Planning image - Wilton PlazaThe JLL Planning Group has secured planning permission for the redevelopment of a large site behind Victoria station for a mixed-use scheme of 200,000 sq.ft of retail, residential and student accommodation floorspace. The Group delivered an innovative planning solution for Land Securities Group Plc which involved using land use swaps. The scheme included student accommodation, which was reallocated from the Land Securities’ Park House development on Oxford Street, to enable that development to proceed.

The team was successful in demonstrating that an extant planning permission had been implemented and this served as a baseline for reducing the level of affordable housing required for the new scheme. 

Ultimately the scheme provided more affordable housing units and residential floorspace than required by UDP policy in order to secure ‘credits’ that could be used in other future Land Securities’ development proposals. These are the only significant affordable housing and residential floorspace ‘credits’ of their type in Westminster.

The application was automatically referred to the London Mayor because the development exceeded a height threshold of 30 metres. The team was successful in negotiating with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to secure Mayoral approval and a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed with Westminster City Council and the GLA on the principle of the ‘credits’ provided and their future use.

The Planning Group delivered maximum value for the site by securing planning permission for housing on the site in lieu of favoured office locations.

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