Masterplan for the Chelsea Barracks site

The Masterplan for the Chelsea Barracks site was granted formal Outline Planning Permission on 1st December 2011.

Minor amendments to the scheme were consented by Westminster City Council under a Section 73 application on March 1st 2012.

The Outline Planning Permission establishes the following:

  • A maximum of 448 residential units including 123 affordable units
  • A contribution to Westminster’s Affordable housing fund
  • A public sports facility with swimming pool
  • A medical centre
  • A community centre
  • Local convenience shops
  • 5 acres of public squares, streets and gardens
  • Community gardens
  • 100 new trees
  • Children’s playspace

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The Outline Consent fixes the maximum and minimum size and the height of each of the buildings (the scheme parameters), their locations and their use, but does not include their detailed architectural appearance. The planning consent sets out various reserved matters, which need to be approved prior to works commencing. Reserved matters applications will need to be submitted for each phase.

The detailed design of the scheme will be controlled by a Design Code, which was consulted on prior to its submission along with other application documents in 2010. The Code sets out approved changes within the established parameters, guidelines on ‘fenestration’ (window sizes and proportions in any given elevation), and a palette of accepted materials.

The Design Code and Parameter Plans are the two most important documents for design development. However, these are no substitute for good urban design, lively street scenes and good public realm design and landscaping.