Planning has been granted for landmark Victoria scheme
The major design plans submitted by Land Securities for the Victoria Transport Interchange in London have been granted full planning permission by Westminster Council’s planning department. The development, which will include six towers designed by KPF, Benson and Forsyth and Lynch Architects is now set to regenerate the area and create a ‘key transport node’ in Victoria.
Plans were scaled down following concerns voiced that the towers were not befitting in height for the Central London borough and CABE comments that the original scheme did not have a comprehensive environmental strategy. Following the revisions Westminster council praised the scheme which will create 8,500 jobs.
Chairman of the Planning and City Development Committee, Cllr Alastair Moss, said: "This revised scheme will see the much needed regeneration of Victoria without adversely impacting on Westminster's UNESCO World Heritage site, a key concern of the council as we take our role as custodians of our architectural heritage seriously, and create much needed jobs during these difficult times.
"The Council has been a long standing advocate of the need to carry out significant changes at Victoria which, with more than 250,000 daily commuters, often feels dreadfully cramped and congested. Land Securities have worked incredibly hard with our planners to agree bold new designs fitting for a world class city, and it is clear these proposals will see Victoria radically improved.
"I feel the right balance has been struck in terms of the height and density of the buildings, as well as the variety of residential, office and retail, which also includes a brand new library for the local community and the creation of much needed open space."
The plans which extend from Buckingham Palace Road in the west, to Bressenden Place in the north and Victoria Street, will see 205 flats, 82,000 sq m of offices and 13,000 sq m of retail. A new library which will be positioned prominently in Victoria Street is set to improve the area for residents while 35 units of affordable housing will be provided on site.