The existing building was constructed in the late 1980’s as four apartments and subsequently converted into a family residence in 1998. Permission was latterly given to convert the property into 13 apartments, however the permission was not implemented and lapsed resulting in the vacant building falling into disrepair. The new owners wish to restore the property to a family dwelling.

Project Objective

To repair, refurbish and extend the existing property to serve as a London family home. The design sought to respect the local Conservation Area and Hyde Park which the building overlooks.

Role Of DP9

DP9 has led the project on all planning matters including taking the proposal through pre application and submitting a full application. Crucially DP9 worked very closely with Westminster City Council officers to address their concerns whilst still managing to retain much of the original design and proposal that had initially been unsupported.

Key Challenge

The project incurred considerable comment from Westminster City Council in relation to the façade design and a number of objection letters from a neighbouring resident represented by their own planning consultants. DP9 successfully addressed and overcame all challenges, resulting in support from key local stakeholder groups and ultimately secured a positive outcome.

Exclusive Knightsbridge address reinstated as family home

Richard Ward


Richard joined DP9 in 2005. He is a Chartered Town Planner with more than 20 years’ experience advising on development opportunities for international and UK investors, developers and occupiers, across both private and public sectors. He specialises in complex development projects in London and the South East, including major commercial and residential schemes and those involving listed buildings and conservation areas.

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