Noth­ing for the lo­cals

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FULL de­tails of the £400 mil­lion re­vamp of one of Lon­don’s largest and most fa­mous blocks of flats are re­vealed to­day — but its Amer­i­can own­ers aren’t say­ing how many of 200 new homes in the plan will be af­ford­able.

Dolphin Square — which has been home to princesses, politi­cians, spies and ac­tors over the last 80 years — is to be re­con­fig­ured and partly re­built to add new town­houses, flats and ser­viced apart­ments to its ex­ist­ing 1,106 rental flats and 124 ser­viced apart­ments.

A new un­der­ground swim­ming pool and sports fa­cil­i­ties, plus ex­tra shops, will also be built at the sev­e­nand-a-half-acre Pim­lico site, and a grand new vaulted en­trance has been de­signed by Eric Parry Ar­chi­tects.

The plans by Westbrook Part­ners for Dolphin Square, which was built in the Thir- ties and has barely been changed since, are now be­ing stud­ied by West­min­ster coun­cil. A de­ci­sion is ex­pected later this year.

De­spite sub­mit­ting al­most 300 plan­ning doc­u­ments to the coun­cil, Westbrook has de­clined to say how many of the new homes will be ear­marked for peo­ple who would oth­er­wise be priced out of the area, other than to prom­ise it will des­ig­nate the “max­i­mum pos­si­ble”.

A re­port by its plan­ning con­sul­tants, DP9, says Dolphin Square al­ready pro­vides a “dif­fer­ent form of ac­ces­si­ble low-cost hous­ing”, a ref­er­ence to the block’s orig­i­nal role pro­vid­ing af­ford­able rented homes to lo­cals who wanted to be able to walk to work. The coun­cil re­quires about a third of new homes to be af­ford­able. Dolphin Square’s past res­i­dents have in­cluded Princess Anne, Soviet spy John Vas­sall and Carry On ac­tor Sid James.

Find Ruth Bloom­field’s full story at home­sand­prop­

£400m re­vamp: a grand new en­trance and 200 new homes are en­vis­aged for Thir­ties-built Dolphin Square in Pim­lico

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