How officers are misleading the Planning Application Committee

Author: Cyril Richert

The B&Q proposal in Wandsworth Town was approved by 9 votes against one at January’s Planning Application Committee. However, reading the minutes of the PAC (download HERE), we noticed a number of misleading statements from officers. And it seems to be a recurrent issue: in the Peabody decision in 2012, we already gave evidence of similar mis-information propagated by Council officers.  Continue reading


Clapham Junction specifically targeted in the draft London Plan

Author: Cyril Richert

The Draft New London Plan (read our article on Battersea, Putney And Wandsworth Society comments) is currently under review. It is noticeable that at least in one part, the London plan chose to focus specifically on Clapham Junction. Continue reading

Draft London Plan: comments from Battersea, Putney and Wandsworth Societies

Author: Cyril Richert

The Draft New London Plan (a broad plan to shape the way London develops over the next 20-25 years) was under consultation until March 2nd 2018. Since that date, all comments received are being reviewed by the independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the Examination in Public later this year. The three Societies involved in Wandsworth borough have submitted their own comments.

We selected below parts of the responses to the consultation sent by each Society and we invite you to download their own documents for more details. Continue reading

Planning Forum meeting 29 January 2018: A new era?

Author: Cyril Richert

Planning Applications Committee – Room 123

The last Planning Forum was definitely a welcome change from the previous instances. Not only the main part of the meeting was dedicated to topics submitted by amenity groups and gave real opportunities for discussions, but Cllr Will Sweet (who is also chair of the Planning Application Committee) seemed receptive to comments and open to feedback. Continue reading

Council’s gift before local election: 20 storey tower beside Grant Road station entrance

Author: Cyril Richert

Finally, after 4 years of work on the Winstanley and York redevelopment project, and as local residents expressed the wish of less towers in the 2013 consultation, the Council is proposing a 20 storey tower in Grant Road, the tallest building in the area so far. Continue reading