Westbrook’s development proposals for Dolphin Square will go to a planning appeal in May this year. An eight-day inquiry overseen by a planning inspector will begin on 20 May. In June last year Westminster City Council’s planning committee voted to refuse the application. The Council received 98 responses, most of which were opposed to the plans. Increasing the number of serviced apartments at Dolphin Square was a particular source of criticism, with residents arguing it would make it harder for families to remain living in Westminster.
The Twentieth Century Society has warned that the scheme would harm the significance of the Dolphin Square Conservation Area.
‘The Society considers the decision by the Westminster planning committee to have been the right one, as the significance of the conservation area will be detrimentally affected by the proposals,’ said Clare Price, head of casework at the society. It is unusual for a conservation area effectively to be made up of one building – the demolition of an entire quarter of any other conservation area would be met with horror, and rightly so. The proposed extensions will also have a detrimental impact on the gardens of the square, which have now been designated as a Registered Park and Garden.”
You can read the latest update from the residents’ campaign to save Dolphin Square
Westminster Division Bells
The Gentle Author describes his search for the Division Bells of Westminster. There were once as many as four hundred Division Bells in the pubs and restaurants of Westminster, summoning MPs back to parliament to vote, but now there are very few.