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ALBERT EMBANKMENT PLANNING INQUIRY DECISION

Lambeth Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of former London Fire Brigade HQ on the Albert Embankment has been upheld by a government inquiry.

The decision follows a lengthy public inquiry and will be greeted with relief by local residents, particularly those on the nearby Whitgift Estate who campaigned against the Florian Place development of 265 homes, offices and shops and a modernised fire station.

During the inquiry, government planning inspector Terry Phillimore identified the main issues as the effect of the proposals on the character of the listed 1930s former London Fire Brigade HQ and its surroundings, the scheme’s impact on nearby residents, the level of affordable housing proposed, local employment issues, infrastructure questions and the scheme’s relation to planning policy.

Objections from English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society were also raised to the development which was refused by Lambeth council in December 2011.

Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr. Lib Peck said: “ This is welcome news for local people and reinforces the importance of making sure major developments do not impact adversely on local communities. We’re keen to see regeneration in Lambeth but it has to be through sustainable and appropriate developments.”

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