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Kingston Council rejects Paul Brookes development

Kingston Council has thrown out plans for a mixed-use development, which included a 150-room hotel, designed by Paul Brookes Architects.

The west-London practice was commissioned by NHP Country Homes to draw up the scheme, which proposed a 15-storey residential tower providing 370 residential units as well as a luxury hotel on the former Kingston Power Station site.

However, the project was cast in to doubt after it received a battering from CABE, which said it had 'fundamental concerns about the scheme' because it felt it was 'based on an inappropriate building diagram and form'.

The Cabe report added: 'Building homes at this density on this site is a difficult task, and the proposal does not offer a successful design solution to this challenge.'

The design watchdog refused to back the scheme and, despite support from London Mayor Ken Livingstone, PBA's proposals were refused planning permission due to the height of the tower and the amount of affordable housing.

Mike Spencer-Morris of NHP Country Homes said: 'We're not absolutely sure what the next steps are, but we will be lodging an appeal and we will be asking for the dates for a public inquiry.'

PBA refused to comment on the planning refusal.

Source: The Architects' Journal