St John's Wood army barracks plan given go ahead

St John's Wood Barracks
Image caption The developers will also pay for an adventure playground

Plans to redevelop one of London's most famous military barracks into flats and homes have received planning consent.

St John's Wood Barracks has been used by the Army for nearly 200 years but the King's Troop is to leave next year.

The development will see 133 flats and houses created, of which 50% will be "affordable homes", as well as a private leisure centre.

Developers have agreed to spend £1m on early years, primary and secondary education services.

They have also agreed to invest £100,000 in an adventure playground and provide a tenant's hall at a peppercorn rent for local residents.

Councillor Robert Davis, deputy council leader and chairman of the planning applications committee, said: "This marks an exciting new phase for this historic site, and although it will be sad to see the King's Troop leave, the proposed development will greatly enhance the local area.

"The scheme skilfully combines modern and traditional architecture, and is of a high quality design which is sympathetic to the surrounding area."

He added: "The fact that half the homes will be affordable along with the creation of a leisure centre in the Grade II listed riding school, ensures the development benefits the whole community, while protecting the architectural heritage of this wonderful site."

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