LB Brent have approved the application for an extension of the planning permission for Oriental City.
The routine approval of the site now once more owned by Development Securities, after Peter Virdee failed to fully purchase it from them last year, is a simple extension of the extant permission. The Shephard Robson design (pictured) has planning permission for 8 blocks rising to 18 storeys above a 5th floor landscaped podium along the Edgware Road. The scheme involves the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of retail units including the replacement of Oriental City, the market formerly on the site, new retail space, with 600-700 residential units, 22% of which would be affordable. It also includes construction of a nursery and a primary school for 480 children together with a health and fitness studio and over 1000 parking spaces
The scheme, DevSec say, is not economically viable at present. In August last year they said they were considering a sale of the site. There has been speculation that a revised application could be submitted later this year.