Terence Bendixson, Council member, Chelsea Society
If you are a Chelsea-ite you will probably have seen computer-generated images showing Battersea Power Station as part of a new neighbourhood of residential and office towers. They are depicted rising up across the Thames against a pristine sky.
The conventional reaction is shock-horror – look what THEY are doing to our London. But hold on. Nine Elms, now ready for renewal, is going to be a new chunk of London with a new Northern Line station at one end and all the connections of Vauxhall at the other. The towers, including a new US Embassy, will be arranged around a long serpentine park connecting the Tube stations, and a lot of the money that will pay for them is coming from Malaysia. Say that and it earns you what used to be called ‘an old fashioned look’.