I agree, some interesting points from the council meeting:
Site location and description
6..."The site is currently occupied by a 4 storey building, originally built for banking purposes, though more recently converted to a residential use. It dates to the early twentieth century, is not listed, nor is it of significant value given it does not form part of a historical grouping of buildings."....
Wish someone had taken the opportunity to register it in the heritage listing! Architecturally it its quite a beautiful building.
Sadly the architecture company involved in the new deign scheme had no idea of the cultural significance of this building.
13. "There is no relevant formal planning history for the site. The site was bought by the current owner in March 2006 who advises that at the point of sale the property appeared to have been unlawfully occupied for some time as a dwelling or dwellings, though the use was never regularised and the site is now vacant. Therefore, historically the site had a lawful A2 (Bank) use. The existing floorspace is 490sq.m over 4 floors (or 122.5sq.m per floor) with upper floors as ancillary B1 office space (367.5sq.m)."
Unlawful occupation of the building...
Would be interesting to dig up the original floor plans, they would be in a public registry somewhere in London I imagine.
50 "Ministry of Sound, Gaunt Street: In the course of consideration of this application several submissions have been made objecting to the development."
looks as though Ministry of Sound fiercely objected to the new proposal