Cundy Street Quarter application deferred

A landmark large scale Grosvenor development in Belgravia was deferred by Councillors at the Planning Major Applications Sub-Committee of Westminster City Council.

The Cundy Street Quarter scheme will transform a large swathe of South Belgravia was welcomed by the BRA for many aspects. This will provide much needed social and affordable housing, also regenerating the local area to make it more inclusive to all. The development will add more shops, including a much needed food store, restaurants, a cinema as well as a community space and a children’s playground.

A short speech was delivered by the BRA’s Chairman James Wright in support of the scheme, but with one proviso.

On behalf of local residents, James requested that the building proposed to be built opposite the historic Georgian houses of Mozart Terrace be reduced by one storey. This would restore daylight and sunlight to these important homes in one of Belgravia’s earliest street. Without that concession these homes would suffer 40-70% loss of sunlight and daylight. Mozart composed his first symphony in one of the houses and therefore it is important to preserve this street ambience and its light levels.

We would like to thank the Committee, chaired by Councillor Robert Rigby together with Councillors James Spencer, Jim Glenn, Louise Hyams, David Boothroyd, Geoff Barraclough and council officers who discussed the scheme for over two hours. It was a detailed and informed discussion.

James indicated to the committee that by removing 6.5 apartments from the top floor would, in essence, not deprive Mozart Terrace from its light and sunlight levels. Why sacrifice an important historical street in a conservation area for the sake of 6.5 apartments.

As a direct result of the BRA Chairman’s presentation, the Councillors decided to defer the application. The top floor of the building on Ebury Street is going to be further examined as majority of the Committee agreed with James’ representation that blight should not occur to Mozart Terrace through loss of daylight and sunlight.

We will continue our constructive collaboration with Grosvenor, Westminster Council and other stakeholders and will keep you informed of any progress.

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