Lovells and DWS win planning consent for King’s Cross work

Initial planning permission for the King’s Cross regeneration project, one of the largest such projects in Europe, has seen the culmination of several years’ work for the planning departments of City firms Lovells and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS).

Lovells, led by head of planning Michael Gallimore, advised developer Argent on the project, which is expected to be completed by the 2012 Olympics.

Camden Council, advised by DWS planning partner Stephen Ashworth, granted planning permission for the project, which will now be considered by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, the Secretary of State and English Heritage.

The permission is the culmination of six years of public consultation and nearly two years of work since the application, with 11 planning and related applications submitted in that time.

Lovells continues to advise Argent on its Section 106 agreement, in which the developers provide for a package of community benefits with Camden Council.

The mixed-use, 67-acre development will include nearly 2,000 homes and up to seven-million sq ft of floor space, including offices, retail outlets, leisure facilities, a cinema and hotel/serviced apartments.

Associate Claire Fallows assisted Gallimore for Lovells, while DWS’s Ashworth was assisted by Melanie Blanchard and Emma White.