The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has decided not to call in Westbrook’s planning application for Dolphin Square and to allow Westminster City Council’s refusal to stand.
In June, the City Council’s Planning Committee agreed the following reasons for refusal:
- The demolition of Rodney House and the proposed replacement building, along with the rooftop extensions to the retained and refurbished houses, would harm the appearance of this building and fail to maintain or improve (preserve or enhance) the character and appearance of the Dolphin Square Conservation Area. This would not meet S25 and S28 of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and DES 1, DES 5, DES 6, DES 9 and paras 10.108 to 10.128 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007. The public benefits which the proposals would secure would not outweigh the harm which it would cause and therefore the proposals would also be contrary to Paragraph 196 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
- The development would have insufficient family sized units and does not provide the appropriate mix of housing required to retain families in Westminster. This would not meet S15 of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and H5 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007.
- The development would lead to an intensification of short-term let residential property (occupation for less than 90 consecutive nights) which is likely to negatively impact on the amenity of local residents. This would not meet H2 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007.Westminster City Council has resolved to refuse permission for this application.
The Mayor then had to consider whether the application warrants a direction to take over determination of the application under Article 7 of the Mayor of London Order 2008. The Mayor’s Planning Officers recommended:
“Having regard to the details of the application, the matters set out in the committee report and the Council’s draft decision notice, there are no sound planning reasons for the Mayor to intervene in this particular case and therefore no basis to issue a direction under Article 7 of the Order 2008.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan said:
“Having now considered a report on this case I am content to allow Westminster City Council to determine the case itself, subject to any action that the Secretary of State may take, and do not therefore wish to direct refusal or to take over the application for my own determination.”