In October 2013, Christian Candy's Guernsey based CPC group hired award-winning architect firm, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to plan the conversion of a 1930's block in Holland Park into 24 flats, in the style of the area's stuccoed mansions. The design included the construction of a two storey basement, otherwise known as "iceberg" basements, to be used as a living space and a garage.
Unfortunately for CPC, the borough of Kensington & Chelsea recently rejected this scheme on the basis that the council is in the process of implementing a new policy which intends to restrict most basement extensions to a single storey.
Whilst Candy is the first high-profile victim of the west London council's ban on multi-storey basements, it will be interesting to see whether other London councils follow suit.
“We are seeing far too many bricky, blocky and banal developments that pretend to complement Kensington & Chelsea. They are overdevelopment of the worst kind, and we don’t want them in the borough."