Plan to turn Regency terrace designed by John Nash into super-homes

Fierce row over plan to turn iconic Regency terrace designed by John Nash into three supersized homes including 10-bed mansion worth £100m

  • The row of terrace houses is near to Regent’s Park in north-west London
  • Middle section will be turned into £50 million property under developer’s plans
  • One six and one seven-bedroom home to be developed on either end of terrace

Plans to turn iconic Regency terrace, designed by John Nash, into three supersized homes has sparked a fierce row with councillors. 

The middle section of the row of terrace houses, near to Regent’s Park in north-west London, will be turned into a £50 million 10-bedroom property – under developer’s new plans.   

A basement will also be dug to create a wine-tasting room, cinemas, swimming pools and massage rooms.

Plans to turn iconic Regency terrace in north-west London, designed by John Nash, into three supersized homes has sparked a fierce row with councillors

The middle section of the row of terrace houses will be turned into a £50 million 10-bedroom property, under developer’s new plans. Pictured: An artist’s rendering of a proposed bedroom

Designer Tom Ford, artist Damien Hirst and property developer Christian Candy have all been connected to York Terrace East in the past. 

John Nash, who designed the terrace, is one of the most famous architects of the 18th and early 19th centuries

One six and one seven-bedroom home would be developed on either end of the terrace.

Both are on the market for between £20 million and £30 million, The Evening Standard reports.

Nestled between the three mansions will be 18 one-to-four bedroom flats.

But Councillors are opposing the £250 million plans stating that the properties are ‘too big’.

The council wants to avoid the creation of more ‘super-houses’, a favourite with wealthy international buyers, and say 28 more modest properties could be built instead.

Last year, developer Westbourne Management applied to turn the row into 13 town houses, but was refused.

Chief executive Johnny Sandelson told the paper: ‘By having a 21-unit scheme as opposed to 28 it unlocks us to build 44 affordable units just across the park in St John’s Wood.’ 

John Nash, remembered for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent’s Park and Regent Street in London, is one of the most famous architects of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

He was born in January 1752 and after an early education received training from the architect Sir Robert Taylor before launching his career as a surveyor and builder in the city of London. 

In 1777 Nash established his own business and later inherited £1,000 from an uncle which he decided to risk on the building of houses in Great Russell Street and Bloomsbury Square. The buildings failed to rent out and Nash was declared bankrupt in 1783. 

Returning to London in 1797, Nash then designed a number of Gothic castles around the country, in places such as Luscombe Castle in Devon and Caerahays Castle in Cornwall.

Nash soon came under the patronage of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. In 1806 he was appointed Surveyor General of Woods, Forests and Parks and from 1810 onwards worked solely for the prince. 

By 1813 he had been appointed official architect to the Office of Works, which meant advising parliamentary commissions on things such as new church buildings. This was when he designed Regent’s Park, Buckingham Palace and two theatres in Haymarket.

He also drew up the original plans for what is now Trafalgar Square, although he died before the project was completed and it was taken over by Charles Barry.

Among his other works were changing a canal in St James’s Park into the lake it is today and he also redesigned the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

When George IV died in 1830, Nash lost his royal protector amid a backlash about the extravagance of the King’s reign. 

Buckingham Palace had cost thousands, millions in today’s terms, and Nash ultimately retired. He died a few years later in May 1835.

John Nash, remembered for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent’s Park and Regent Street in London, is one of the most famous architects of the 18th and early 19th centuries

John Nash was an English architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and during his reign as George IV. Pictured: Nash’s Park Crescent, near Regent’s Park. It consists of elegant stuccoed terraced houses

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