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English Heritage backs Battersea plan

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station has moved a step closer after English Heritage showed its support for the project.

The developer, Treasury Holdings, submitted its plans to the London Borough of Wandsworth which would see the site used for commercial and residential purposes.

In a letter to the council English Heritage said: “As a long-standing Building at Risk, we welcome the plans for the re-use of the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station and have no objections in principle to the redevelopment of the site for the uses proposed.”

However it did suggest that plans to demolish an old pumping station on the site should be reconsidered. It said the new planning policy statement 5 (PPS5) on the history environment and heritage assets should be examined.

The Victorian Society also raised objections over the proposed demolition

English Heritage also said it was “concerned that the scale and density of the proposed new development risks causing harm to the setting and views of the power station.”

Rob Tincknell, managing director of Treasury Holdings, said: “We now have broad support to proceed from all the key stakeholders, and there is growing appreciation that the project will now finally go ahead and the power station will be saved.”