A radio tycoon has failed in an attempt to convert two Westminster penthouse apartments in a super-home valued at £180 million.
Ashley Tabor, owner of Classic FM, had asked Westminster City Council for permission to knock his two penthouse flats in the prestigious Knightsbridge Apartments development in a 10-bedroom home.
But members of the planning committee rejected the application, saying it failed to meet its policy to protect homes and deliver more housing.
The local authority said there have been more than 200 similar applications in Westminster since 2013, leading to a potential loss of nearly 300 residential properties.
As a result, it is looking to protect existing housing, and announced proposals to strengthen planning policies on “super-sized” homes when it brings forward a new City Plan.
The council estimate the property would have been valued at £180m - approaching the same value as the " most expensive home in America " (see video above).
Head of planning Cllr Daniel Astaire said: “This case raises issues which cut to the heart of our planning policy.
“It is unconscionable to accept this kind of proposal when we face a pressing housing shortage.
“In fact, it is the exact opposite of what we are trying to do.
“The council wants to create more housing. This kind of proposal means we have to run faster simply to stay still.
“Our aim is to ensure fairness and opportunity in housing and we refuse to sell golden postcodes to the highest bidder.
“For the future, we intend to strengthen our policy to prevent this kind of loss of homes in the city.”
Westminster’s council policy allows development which converts one bedroom properties into family homes but does not allow two family homes to be amalgamated.
Mr Tabor is the owner and founder of commercial radio group Global, which owns stations including LBC, Heart, Capital, Radio X and Smooth.
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