Qataris pledge to start work on Chelsea Barracks plan

According to the ‘Evening Standard’;

“The developers of Chelsea Barracks have insisted that the £3 billion apartments plan will go ahead.

Westminster council chiefs last week urged the site’s owners Qatari Diar to “start or sell” after it emerged that  no work had been done since outline planning permission was granted 18 months ago.

But the Standard has learned that Jeremy Titchen, Qatari Diar’s UK managing director, has offered reassurance to the Tory-run authority that they will “progress the scheme”.

It also emerged that the developers were “very anxious” to avoid local protests if they miss the deadline to start work and are forced to reapply for planning permission.

There were concerns that the £78 million promised by Qatari Diar for affordable housing in Westminster would be lost if the project collapsed.

But Godfrey Woods, area planning officer for south Westminster, revealed in an email to members of the planning committee that the council was “hopeful” the money will be released soon.

He said Qatari Diar was in talks with residents about how the 450 apartments and other buildings will affect their light — a sign that work on detailed plans is well advanced.

In the email sent to Councillor Barbara Grahame, a Labour member of the planning committee, Mr Woods said: “I suspect we’ll see formal details later this year and a start either at end of year or beginning of next.”

The email also revealed that half the affordable housing payment will be payable when work starts, with the remainder falling due after five years.

Mr Woods said: “It’s difficult to be certain on this income but QD are under no illusion that if they don’t start and have to renew the permission there will be a storm of local protest again — they are very anxious to avoid this!””

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