London’s Westminster Council in the UK has approved a scheme to redevelop a 14,000m² area around Piccadilly and Jermyn Street.

Under the mixed-use scheme known as St James’s Gateway, eight historic buildings will be demolished to redevelop the area.

The Victorian Society, however, objected to the scheme and said the buildings could be renovated and even extended instead.

Due to the demolition, many businesses in the area will be closed, according to local media.

The owner of the site, Crown Estates, however, said the distinctive retail character of Jermyn Street will be preserved, with long-established Jermyn Street retailers returning to the area once the redevelopment is completed.