In the Wandsworth Guardian: Council accuses community groups of being ‘NIMBYs’ after they write to David Cameron to complain

Author: Cyril Richert


Wandsworth Guardian – 17 April 2014

Many thanks to Sophia Sleigh for her report to the Putney Society, Wandsworth Society, Clapham Junction Action Group and Friends of Putney Common’s open letter to the Prime Minister.

The article starts with : “Wandsworth Council has accused community groups of being ‘NIMBYs’ after they wrote to David Cameron to complain about the borough’s planning procedures.(more…)

April 17, 2014 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Campaign against London plans to be filled with towers

Author: Cyril Richert

Impact of the Ram Brewery development as granted by the Council

Impact of the Ram Brewery development as granted by the Council

With 230 new towers planned, London is going to become “Gotham City”, claims last week article in the Evening Standard.

In a statement in the Observer at the end of March, signatories from sculptor Sir Antony Gormley to philosopher Alain de Botton, author Alan Bennett, Stirling prize-winning architect Alison Brooks, and London mayoral hopefuls Dame Tessa Jowell and MP David Lammy warn: “The skyline of London is out of control.” (more…)

April 16, 2014 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Planning Policies are just ‘guidelines’ said the leader of Wandsworth Council

Author: Cyril Richert

To the question: “If the adopted Local and National Planning Policies are only treated as loose guidelines which can be ignored at will, then Wandsworth Council should state that such is the case” the leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Govindia, answered: “Yes, the keyword is ‘guidelines’“. (more…)

April 12, 2014 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Societies in Wandsworth are called NIMBYS by the Council

Author: Cyril Richert

Following our letter to the Prime Minister on Wandsworth Council’s planning procedures and ‘localism’ practice failures, the Council said we were all NIMBYies who “hurl false and groundless allegations around“. (more…)

April 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Do and do not: two residential developments in the area

Author: Cyril Richert

7 Mossbury Road SW11

7 Mossbury Road SW11

The 6 residential units planned beside Travelodge Hotel in Mossbury Road are nearly completed. It was designed to integrate with the existing Victorian terrace houses of the street and, albeit having only one entrance and extension at the back, it will look like 2 similar houses. The building will comprise 3 x 1 bedroom and 3 x 2 bedroom flats over three floors. (more…)

April 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm 8 comments

The heart of Battersea

Author: Cyril Richert


There is now a sign erected over the exit from Clapham Junction Station telling everyone that they are in Clapham Junction, (SW11, Battersea), and not in Clapham (SW4, Lambeth borough). And it even lights up at night, so train users always know where they are! (more…)

April 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm 1 comment

David Cameron is told that Wandsworth Council’s planning procedures and ‘localism’ practice have failed

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth London Borough Council is named in an ‘Open Letter’ to David Cameron showing major failures in its planning procedures, and calling for the Prime Minister to set up an urgent independent review.

The Putney Society, Wandsworth Society, the Clapham Junction Action Group and Friends of Putney Common community group have all written to the Prime Minister to express their concerns at the way Wandsworth Council has dealt with a number of important planning applications, in the context of published planning policy documents and guidelines. (more…)

April 7, 2014 at 7:01 am 1 comment

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