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Christian Candy's proposed reinstatement of a historic garden at Chester Gate, adjacent to Regent's Park, gets the go-ahead from the Planning Inspectorate

DATE: 04 May 2017

The Planning Inspectorate (Inspector Jonathan Hockley BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI) has today allowed an appeal by Christian Candy and his wife against the decision of the London Borough of Camden to refuse planning permission for their proposal to reinstate an historic garden at Chester Gate, in front of their house at Numbers 6-10 Cambridge Terrace, the redevelopment of which has already been granted planning permission. 

1-10 Cambridge Terrace are adjacent to Regent's Park and within the Regent's Park Conservation Area. Designed by John Nash, they are are Grade I listed and of national heritage significance. Other listed buildings are in close proximity. 

The proposal was refused by the LB Camden's Planning Committee, contrary to officer advice, following objections from many local residents. The case has received substantial publicity in the London and national press. 

The Inspector found that, having regard to the historical evidence, the proposed garden could legitimately be described as a reinstatement of a previous historic garden (contrary to the objectors and the Council who had disputed the historical evidence of a previous garden)  and that the effect of the garden once matured would soften views of the city as well as blending and connecting the city edge and park edges together. 

Accordingly, he concluded that the Council and objectors were wrong to argue that the proposed garden would detract from the character and appearance of the Conservation Area or from the setting of the listed buildings, and found instead that these heritage assets would be enhanced. 

Charles Banner‚Äč acted for the Appellants, Mr and Mrs Candy, instructed by Iain Gilbey and Susanne Andreasen of Pinsent Masons LLP.