The minor amendments respond to comments received during consultation and at planning committee. They were submitted to Westminster City Council through a Section 73 application in December. The application has been validated and is available to view on WCC's planning website using reference 23/08726/FULL. You can take part in the statutory consultation led by WCC by commenting on the application and we encourage you to participate in this process.
The ambition for Grosvenor Square Garden remains the same - to transform the square into a world-class public green space that delivers on the Community Priorities.
Overall, the minor amendments seek to:
The proposed amendments have no impact on the:
This online exhibition is split into 7 sections that give more detail on the proposed minor amendments and relating benefits.
The proposed amendments retain the various public benefits achieved through the consented scheme, including:
The majority of the existing boundary hedge would be retained, rather than introducing a new railing around the whole garden. Entrances would be enhanced and widened by replacing some of the hedge with woodland planting and a new railing to match.
Left: Indicative sketch of consented scheme
Right: Indicative sketch of proposed hedge and entrance
The building designs have evolved to an oval shape to use space more efficiently, whilst reducing the amount of overhanging roof in response to feedback received from the Designing Out Crime officer.
As part of local engagement in 2021, 62% of people told us they would prefer the redesign to be delivered in one phase. Whilst this would likely require us to temporarily shut the square, this is also our preferred approach as it will enable us to reopen Grosvenor Square sooner. This approach will be developed in more detail and tested with potential contractors and partners; we will share more information in due course.
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