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Plans for prestigious London development reduced

A 13 storey tower block in the £1 billion Chelsea Barracks project has also been reduced in height after Westminster Council and residents associations expressed grave concerns about the impact on the area.

Site owner Qatari Diar, a Qatari government owned business, confirmed that it is about to re-submit the plans and that it has reduced the number of apartments in the project by 13% from 638 to 552.

The apartment blocks have also been reduced in length and the tallest building, an affordable housing block, has been reduced from 13 storeys to eight.

The move follows concerns that were voiced by the council, the neighbouring Royal Hospital, the Belgravia Residents' Association and the government's architecture watchdogn the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

The issue over a chapel in the middle of the site still under discussion. Qatari Diar has assumed it would be demolished but it is the subject of a listing application being considered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

In response to concerns about the amount of publically accessible park in the plans, this has been increased by 300% to 6.2 acres.

Qatari Diar has also introduced a primary care facility into the plans following a request from Westminster Primary Care Trust.

'Over the past six months we have implemented a very extensive outreach programme to our neighbours and stakeholders, during which we have listened attentively and responded positively to their concerns,' a spokesman said.

'Consequently, on the key issues of height, massing and the public space, the scheme that we are now submitting for planning consent has achieved a high degree of consensus although we accept that we will never achieve unanimity on the architecture, which is always a matter of subjective opinion,' it continued.

Situated between Sloane Square and the River Thames, the private apartments will feature designs from Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners and, with Candy & Candy as interior designers, they will be among the most expensive apartments in London.

The devolvement will see the Sixties barracks turned into the 21st century equivalent of the great estates of Mayfair and Belgravia.