Consultation on changes for the policy of tall buildings: until 12.00 noon Friday 12 March 2010

Message received from  Wandsworth Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Wandsworth Local Development Framework

Consultation on changes to the Core Strategy proposed during Hearing Session 5 in respect of tall buildings

The Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) sets out the Council’s spatial vision, strategic objectives and spatial strategy on how the borough should develop over the next fifteen years along with core policies and information on monitoring and implementation. The Core Strategy is part of the Local Development Framework (LDF), which will eventually replace the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) adopted August 2003.

Wandsworth Council submitted its Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for examination on 20 March 2009. The public hearing sessions, which form part of the examination, were undertaken on 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th and 16 February 2010. Throughout the course of the hearing sessions a number of matters were raised which resulted in the Inspector requesting the Council to propose changes to the Core Strategy. These changes were made available on the 12th February 2010 and discussed at the final hearing session on the 16th February 2010. The full schedule of proposed changes is attached.

Prior to closing the final hearing session, the Inspector confirmed that the majority of proposed changes are of a minor nature, intended to provide more clarity within the Core Strategy but that she wished to further consider the change to policy IS3(d) and supporting text in paragraph 4.132 in respect of tall buildings (changes 12 and 13).

The Inspector has since confirmed that she regards most of the proposed changes to be in the nature of clarification (i.e. referring to the focal points of activity by name, and ‘signposting’ to detailed work being carried forward in other DPDs). However, the Inspector considers that the omission of reference to locations which are well served by public transport may be seen as significant by those with an interest in such locations and has therefore instructed the Council to undertake a targeted round of consultation for a period of 21 days.

You are being consulted on the latest change to Policy IS3 and supporting text in paragraph 4.132 (changes 12 and 13 of the attached document) as a party who made representations on the proposed submission Core Strategy and/or changes made to the Core Strategy Submission version, in relation to tall buildings. Only comments in relation to changes 12 and 13 will be accepted, any comments in relation to other policies will be returned to you and will not be considered.

Consultation on the Council’s proposed changes will begin Friday 19 February 2010. Representations on the soundness of the changes must be received by 12.00 noon Friday 12 March 2010 at the latest. Any responses received after this time will be returned to you and will not be considered.

Please direct all responses by email to planningpolicy@wandsworth.gov.uk or write to the Planning Policy Team, Wandsworth Council, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU.

A hard copy of this email will be sent to you shortly. We look forward to receiving your views.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Howell

Group Planner – Policy & Information
for Borough Planner

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