Awkward proposal for Plantation Wharf for yet more towers

Author: Cyril Richert

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A  proposal (p.a. 2016/5644) to redevelop part of Plantation Wharf has been submitted in October 2016. The application says:

Demolition of existing buildings (with the exception of Trade Tower) and redevelopment for mixed use (A1-4, B1, D1/2 and flexible uses within these classes) and 127 affordable and market housing units contained within 4 new buildings (5, 6, 8 and 16 storeys) and including a 6 storey extension to the top of the Trade Tower for a net increase of 8 residential units.

Back in 2009, the Planning Application Committee criticised the Plantation Wharf proposal  for scale and proportion issues within the vicinity which led eventually to refusal. As it was just a matter of time for the Council to approve another tower, the proposal was back in 2012 (p.a. 2012/5470) and this time approved. Continue reading

Developers get early Xmas present from Council with approved towers previously refused

Author: Cyril Richert

view York Park

“The design of the facades has remained very similar to the previous application” says the report

A month before Xmas, Wandsworth Planning Application Committee approved a scheme in York Road, including a 17 storey tower, that they previously refused for the following reasons :

“proposed massing and design by reason of the density of the development would constitute an unneighbourly form of development that would result in an unacceptable level of harm to the amenities of the occupants of neighbouring properties through overlooking and loss of privacy”

Hmmm I forgot to add that the refusal was just before the general election last May, so no need to be so concerned about the residents anymore now for Wandsworth Council! In a recent comment, the leader of the Council Cllr Govindia mocked Battersea  residents objecting to planning application, saying “as a percentage of the Borough’s population of around 310,000″ their number is insignifiant (even less significant in comparison to the entire population of England who does not object to Wandsworth’s schemes surely, ha ha!). Continue reading

Public Meeting York area: the videos

Author: Cyril Richert

leafletOn the 1st of November, more than 90 people attended the Public Meeting organised in York Gardens library by CJAG, in order to talk about the developments planned for York Road, Lombard Road and Clapham Junction area. This was also a very good opportunity to talk about the general planning strategy, implementation of planning policies by the Council.  Continue reading

Justification of unjustifiable is becoming alarming in Wandsworth Council

Author: Cyril Richert

98 York Road - 17 storeys proposal

98 York Road – 17 storeys proposal

While there is still an appeal on the previously refused 17 storey podium on 98 York Road, developers have also submitted a new screening application (nearly identical) for the site (see our article HERE).

Nobody will be surprised to read the response from Wandsworth Planning department (10 August 2015) giving a thumb up for the proposal (page 4):

“the scale of the impact of the proposal is not considered to give rise to markedly different impacts when taking into consideration the urban nature of the location with substantial buildings of similar height neighbouring the site, some comprising residential and similar commercial uses.”

And of course, despite denial from the Council that a tall building does not set a precedent (each of them assessed against their own merit – p8 of the paper –  and bla bla bla….), we see again here that the first tall building justifies the next. Continue reading

Post justification exercise by Wandsworth Council to justify cluster of towers in York Road area

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth Council has run a major consultation over the July-beginning of August period, in a cynical attempt to justify their approval for tall and massive developments in the York/Lombard Road area. The so called consultation on the Proposed Supplementary Planning Document: Lombard Road/York Road Riverside Focal Point – June 2015 presented their aim to designate the latest area available between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth town centres as suitable for tall buildings, although no consideration was given on the impact of such schemes on transport and amenities. Continue reading