Three-storey basement plan withdrawn over concerns

An application to develop one of the biggest basements in Kensington and Chelsea, west London, has been withdrawn.

The applicant was told the council would refuse permission because it failed to provide affordable housing.

Planners were also concerned about the effect construction traffic would have in creating the three-storey basement with pool and ballroom in Walton Street, Chelsea.

Many residents had raised objections.

Conservative councillor Tim Coleridge had estimated 1,300 truck journeys would need to be made to remove the earth.

The local residents' association had said the knock-on impact would be "substantial" and "deplorable".

Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows local authorities to require developers to make a contribution towards affordable housing or other public facilities.

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