Our aspirations to reform planning decisions in the borough of Wandsworth

Author: Cyril Richert

The Clapham Junction Action Group is committed to raise awareness on better consultation, transparency and taking into account seriously the voice of local residents on planning matters.

Today, as voters are electing their councillors who are going to represent them and take decisions for the borough of Wandsworth for the next 4-5 years, we would like to call for reforms in the way Wandsworth Council is consulting and pushing through planning applications and developments.

We list below a series of aspirations that we hope the next Council will consider.

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Deceitful Wandsworth Council used to misrepresent consultations

Author: Cyril Richert

York Road, Winstanley/Lachmere Ward, Battersea Park, Northcote Ward … what do they have in common? Each time Wandsworth Tory Council are bulldozing through their own plans, misrepresenting or ignoring consultation result and patronising the local population. Continue reading

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

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