Inquiry time-out fails to resolve station development conflict

The inquiry into London's Victoria station upgrade resumed this week after a break to allow talks between London Underground and objector Land Securities.

Inquiry inspector Ken Barton had agreed to the short suspension at the two organisations' request to try to settle their ongoing dispute outside the proceedings, which began last month (Planning, 31 October, p3).

However, no deal was reached and Land Securities has now asked the inspector to allow time later in the inquiry to argue its case if an agreement has still not been made. The inspector has reserved dates in December.

The station scheme requires a compulsory purchase order on land owned by Land Securities, which is proposing its own Victoria transport interchange scheme. The developer scaled back its proposal earlier this year removing District and Circle Line improvements along with one of two planned towers (Planning, 22 February, p6).

The proceedings this week dealt with the final two objectors - the Victoria Interchange Group of residents and the Victoria Palace Theatre. They are scheduled to conclude next month.

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