SAVE DOLPHIN SQUARE AND ITS BEAUTIFUL LISTED GRADE II GARDENS

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Dolphin Square is at risk! We urge you to prioritise the protection of irreplaceable heritage, and the rights of both residents, neighbours and low-income residents of the  borough, by applying national and your own local policies to refuse the current application which proposes irreversible damage to Dolphin Square. 

Dolphin Square is a historic and iconic building located by the Thames in London's Pimlico, a Conservation Area in its own right and adjacent to two further Conservation areas. The beautiful gardens were recently listed Grade II.

Its American owners,  Westbrook Partners, have filed a planning application to demolish the 6-storey northern block and replace it with a 10-storey building and add one floor to the remaining buildings. Most of the redevelopment is for hotel and short-term letting use and not to provide long-term housing for locals which is so desperately needed in Westminster. If the plans are approved, the northern half of the listed gardens will be lost and replaced with a modern design to accommodate the new building and two huge deep basements providing facilities for the hotel. Also, the famous art-deco shopping parade will be demolished.

There is no provision for affordable housing within the proposed development which was a long tradition at Dolphin Square, when built between 1935-37, with more than 1,200 homes specifically aimed at those needing to live in central London for their work – a priority that continued when it was owned by a trust controlled by Westminster City Council.

The sole motive for the development is profit for the off-shore owners who are based in Jersey.

If this application is approved the character and fabric of Dolphin Square will be lost for ever. 

To all who know the Square we need your urgent help - please sign this petition and add your objection on the Westminster planning portal at:-

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/comment-planning-applications

If unable to connect to the site you can write with your objection to the Case Officer, Ms Julia Asghar, Development Planning Services, Westminster City Hall,  Victoria Street, London, SW1E

 



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