Two properties collapse in Chelsea

Image: The Guardian

On Monday evening, two terraced houses in Chelsea, West London, collapsed resulting in the evacuation of around forty people in nearby homes. One of the properties in question was reportedly undergoing development works according to this article from The Guardian. It reports that "Planning permission submitted by the Seabrook Properties was granted by Kensington and Chelsea council in August.

"A council document detailed the works to be carried out as a rear extension to the lower-ground floor with a terrace on the upper level, which was an amendment to a previous application granted in July 2018."

However, the Evening Standard reported that a spokesman for a company which is carrying out the basement dig said the firm’s work had nothing to do with the collapse.

The Health and Safety Executive will be investigating the cause of the collapse.