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Christian Candy wins planning appeal over bid to turn road into private garden

Inspector rules that councillors were wrong to block plan for Nash villa

08 May, 2017 — By Richard Osley

How the new garden could look at the corner of Cambridge Terrace

PROPERTY magnate Christian Candy has been told by planning inspector that he will be allowed to turn a stretch of road into a private garden at his Regent’s Park mansion.

Councillors had taken the unusual step of ignoring the recommendations of the council’s own planning officers when they voted against the scheme last September.

But Mr Candy appealed against their refusal to award building consent, and, on Friday, government planning inspector Jon Hockley ruled Camden’s planning committee had got it wrong, overturning the decision.

The proposals for Cambridge Terrace sparked objections from neighbours who said public land was being taken away for private use, causing traffic problems in the process.

Mr Candy’s design team, however, argued that the project was simply reinstalling a garden that had been originally designed for the site by Regency architect John Nash.

The Candy brothers

Mr Hockley said in his report: “Concern is raised over the privatisation of public land that would be caused by the proposal. However, I note in this respect that Chester Gate at present is a private road, a fact which is acknowledged by the council.”

He added: “Furthermore, whilst the garden would be constructed over an existing public right of way used by the public to access the Park, this would be replaced by a new footway around the garden. The remainder of the garden would be over the highway, and not a public space used for recreation or which provides benefits in terms of biodiversity… The proposal would provide benefits in terms of providing a pleasant outlook.”

Mr Candy, who alongside his brother Nick, has a global property empire famous for some of the country’s most luxurious redevelopments.

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