Chelsfield Partners and London & Regional’s plans for the London office led re-development of Elizabeth House have finally been fully approved – after a legal challenge launched by Westminster council and English Heritage failed.
The mixed use scheme featuring 88,649 square metres of London office space as well as offering 142 homes had been criticised by English Heritage because of the aesthetic impact it could have on Big Ben.
Originally given planning consent in November 2012, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles then decided not to call in plans to build the £600m mixed-used development in March 2013 – despite objections from English Heritage.
With the courts now ruling in favour of the 1.42m sf ft redevelopment of Elizabeth House, located next to Waterloo railway station, work is finally clear to proceed.
A spokesperson from Elizabeth House said: “We are delighted with this outcome which clears the way for a planning permission.
“What is most important now is that the Elizabeth House regeneration is delivered for Waterloo, Lambeth and London.
“For too long Waterloo has lacked the investment and modern office stock to attract business to the area and these plans will create 8,700 much needed new jobs and transform the public realm around Waterloo Station used by tens of millions of people each year.”
Under the plans, all buildings and structures on the site will be demolished and two new buildings will be constructed in their place.
By: Kirsty MacGregor
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