Westminster Council planners recommending “refuse permission” to convert Foley Street offices to flats

Westminster Council’s planning officers are recommending refusal of an application to convert an office block at 31-36 Foley Street to 34 flats. The block is in the East Marylebone Conservation Area and no affordable housing is being offered. 

The report to be presented to the planning sub-committee on Tuesday recommends that the application is refused because of “bulk and detailed design of roof extension, detailed design of facade alterations, lack of parking”.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association raised concerns about the loss of office space, lack of affordable housing, and insufficient family-sized units. Neighbouring occupiers raised objections about loss of privacy, loss of daylight, imbalance to the mixed-use nature of the area caused by the trend to convert offices to flats, and noise from construction works.

Planning sub-committee 19 November 2013.

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