DC Casebook: Mixed use development - Plan held to enhance conservation area

A mixed office and commercial development in a central London conservation area has been approved after an inspector found that existing buildings on the site do not make a positive contribution to the area.

The appellants proposed a six-storey building containing a range of retail and food and drink uses on the ground floor along with 9,600m2 of office floor space. The site lay in the King's Cross conservation area, containing two grade I listed railway stations described by the council as being of national importance.

After careful consideration of the impact of the proposed development, the inspector concluded that it would improve the area's character and would not harm local residents' amenity through loss of daylight or noise. However, she rejected the appellants' claim for a full award of costs, finding that the council's planning witness was appropriately qualified and adequate reasons for refusal had been provided.

DCS Number 100-058-433

Inspector Karen Ridge; Inquiry.


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