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Petition demands controversial ‘Cube’ scheme is ‘called in’

How the Padington ‘Cube’ development could look

How the Padington ‘Cube’ development could look

Published: 6 January, 2017

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Paddington Cube project to be “called in”. 

The scheme, approved in December by Westminster Council, is set to transform the historic former Royal Mail sorting office in London Street into a floating, 14-storey office block building, as well as creating a new public space and new Bakerloo line station. 

Heritage campaigners have blasted the scheme, and particularly planning chief Cllr Robert Davis for giving, what they called a “partisan” presentation of the development at the planning meeting at which it was passed. 

The proposals received objections from numerous groups including The Victorian Society and English Heritage, as well as the London Ambulance Service and The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who feared the new proposed road layout could delay getting patients to hospital. 

Though the developers Sellar and Great Western Developments offered an alternative road proposal at the 11th hour, the NHS trust maintained their objection. 

A spokesman for Westminster Council said: “Members considered the scheme’s impact very carefully, but concluded the enormous regeneration benefits outweighed the heritage objections on this occasion.

“Significantly, there were no objections to the scheme from committee members and permission was granted subject to the formal views of the Mayor of London and the completion of a legal agreement. 

“The ultimate decision will now rest with the secretary of state, who can decide whether or not to call in the application, but Westminster City Council believes that its recommendation is in accordance with its adopted policies and central government guidance.”

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