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Saturday02 August 2014

Green light for McAslan's St John’s Wood Barracks

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John McAslan & Partners’ reworked plans for St John’s Wood Barracks in north London have finally been given the green light by planners at Westminster City Council.

The site, currently home to the King’s Troop, will now be turned into 133 homes and the Grade II listed riding school building will be converted into a private leisure centre.

Earlier this year McAslan’s original plans for the site were rejected after the council received 100 letters of objection, as well as a 300-name petition opposing the plans.

McAslan drafted in conservation practice Russell Taylor Architects to help rework parts of the proposals, which included reducing the number of homes on the site as well as lowering the height of a number of buildings.

Cllr Robert Davis, deputy council leader and chairman of the planning applications committee, said:  “The scheme skilfully combines modern and traditional architecture, and is of a high quality design which is sympathetic to the surrounding area. “

The King’s Troop is due to leave the barracks next year after which the existing army buildings will be demolished and replaced with 12 apartment blocks, eight semi-detached villas and seven terraced town houses.

The riding school, which dates back to 1825, is the only major remaining part of the original barracks, with the rest of the site consisting of the neo-classical Officers’ Mess dating from 1921 and various modern buildings built in the 1970s.

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