Desmond’s Westferry property scheme ditched after minister rejects appeal

A property scheme that was approved after its developer sat next to a cabinet minister at a Conservative fundraiser has finally been ditched – two years after they discussed the project. Documents revealed that the minister for rough sleeping and housing, Eddie Hughes, had dismissed an appeal over the building of the 1,500-home Westferry Printworks scheme in east London. The Isle of Dogs development was mired in controversy after the extent of the contact between the then housing secretary Robert Jenrick and the developer and media mogul Richard Desmond was revealed, before the…

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Southampton’s £132M Bargate regeneration begins

Construction begins on Southampton’s Bargate regeneration project after £132 million of funding completed. The development will be built around the City Walls and The Bargate, a 12th Century gatehouse in the city centre. Developer Tellon Capital believes the scheme will “provide an exciting new chapter for one of the most historic parts of Southampton”. James Burchell, Partner at Tellon Capital, said: “Our development will seek to improve the setting of The Bargate and City Walls and provide retail units along with much-needed new housing in a highly sustainable location. Crucially, our…

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Redevelopment of Guildford Debenhams could include shops, restaurants and access to the river

A new planning application for the redevelopment of Debenhams in Guildford has been submitted. Property developer Native Land bought the site in December 2020 and proposes to turn the site, now called St Mary’s Wharf, into a new and sustainable riverside destination for the town. The site has been empty since Debenhams closed its doors in May when the company went into administration. The submission follows three rounds of public consultation for the creation of a high-quality development with new public access to the River Wey as well as shops, eateries…

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