For over 18 months, I have been in regular correspondence with residents of Pimlico’s iconic Dolphin Square regarding their serious reservations about the landlord’s plans to refurbish and redevelop the much-loved estate.
Westbrook's £400 million proposals included the creation of approximately 230 more homes on-site, as well as an extensive refurbishment which will have caused major disruption for many of the Estate’s residents, not to mention those in close vicinity, such as the Pimlico Academy and Primary School.
Moreover, the terms and spirit of the Council’s 2008 Westminster Area Conservation Audit - which makes specific recommendations about Dolphin Square - appeared to have been shown little consideration given the significant harm Westbrook’s plans will have undoubtedly caused the character and social fabric of this storied Square.
Given the strength of public opposition to the landlord’s ambitions for the Estate, I made representations to both Westbrook and the Council in their support, highlighting the special place Dolphin Square holds in the hearts of the community and the need to honour this in line with the terms of the Conservation Audit.
Naturally, I was delighted to learn that Tuesday evening saw Westminster City Council’s Major Planning Committee unanimously reject plans to redevelop Dolphin Square - the right decision for Pimlico and Westminster as a whole. This victory was down to the dogged work of community campaigners and some equally-determined work from their local Conservative councillors.
A really great local effort to preserve the unique character of the area! Well done everyone!