After two rejections £2bn interchange project to go ahead

Land Securities has gained planning permission on its Victoria Interchange project after two rejections. The 2.5ha mixed-use scheme, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, Benson & Forsyth and Lynch Architects, will include six buildings near Victoria station.

Westminster Council had previously withheld planning consent on the £2bn scheme twice. The amount of affordable housing has been increased and nearby Portland House and Terminus Place have been excluded from the plans.

The accepted scheme has 140 car parking spaces and a quarter of the residential units will be affordable.

Mike Hussey, managing director at Land Securities, said his firm had been involved with the area for 40 years: “Victoria is London's great missed opportunity. Although it has a central location … it has been sidelined as a poor relation of other parts of the West End.

“We want to give it a new lease of life as a distinct, vibrant destination that will bring this part of the capital the recognition it deserves.”