We are being faced with a developer - Marston - applying for planning permission to build a huge block of flats in our back gardens. They call it a "sensitive infill site" - I'll say it's sensitive. How would they like to wake up and open their bedroom curtains to see yards, terraces, and see people going about their business in living accommodation with floor to ceiling glass doors? How would they like to be kept awake or woken early by the sounds of social gatherings in the huge central courtyard (88sq m) /6 terraces /6 yards / cobbled entrance with 24-hr shared car use.
Wandsworth Planning (Mr Edward Nash) wrote a report recommending approval last year (2017/3214) which was refused in Dec 2017 by the Planning Applications Committee. Refusal was on the grounds that the highest part of the block would cause shade to one particular property to the north. Now the developer/architect/Wandsworth planning have tinkered with one corner of what was already a low section in the north east and claim the problem is solved. They have come back with amended application 2018/0494. We say the problem has not been solved - please see the artist impression drawings particularly page 5 (see link below)and see how the windows of several Craven Mews properties disappear and therefore will not get sunlight because they will still be in the shade of the main building.
https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/ ... ageCount=1
It turns out the June 2017 Mendick Waring Daylighting Report commissioned by Marston and allegedly intended to present the "facts" to everone concerned only used data from 21 March when it should have used 21 December to reveal "worst-case scenario" . They also entirely missed out data for the worst affected properties! That's how they are able to come to the conclusion that there will be "no negative impact" on daylighting from this development. Please see the link above and see what you think.
We think that office use would be far more suitable for this site (less noise in the evenings) or office & some small element of housing.
Our street - Taybridge Road is already full with cars and we already have two building sites close together bringing parking suspensions and daily lorry deliveries. No on-site car parking is proposed. Because there are less than 10 unts (9) we ae being told that resident parking permits have to be made available! Surely there are precedents for not always giving out more parking permits particularly when the street is already suffering from parking stress.
The present saw-tooth building does not annoy anyone and seems a perfect design to keep noise inside whilst providing a work-space and preserving our privacy, but of course returns have to be made on investments and never mind about the residents. The developer even has the cheek to tell us they will be "restoring 19th century views". What, of terraces, modern kitchens and floor to ceiliing glass doors?
You can comment on this application by going to Wandsworth Planning and entering application number 2018/0494 or by email to email@example.com
or by writing to Mr E. Nash at the Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU citing application number 2018/0494. Your comments really do help.