Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

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Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby balhammomma » Tue May 08, 2018 11:25 pm

Are you aware that developers have made an application to Wandsworth council to build 28 residential properties on the Balham Bowling Green site? Application number 2018/1741

Full details can be found here;

https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/ ... =2018/1741

Should you wish to object, you can do so online or by email to planning@wandsworth.gov.uk (quoting reference 2018/1741) by the 17th May 2018

Points for consideration:

1. There are very few green leisure / sporting areas in Balham. This land should be used for sport or recreation for the community. If the use of the land is changed and it is built upon for residential purposes then we will lose this space forever. Whilst the need for new housing is understood/appreciated, there are many other locations for this and it should not be at the expense of very rare green open spaces, which should be conserved for future generations.

2. The entrance and only access to the development is from Chestnut Grove, opposite Chesnut Grove Academy (the TX Maxx delivery entrance a few meters up from Old Dairy Mews.) This is on the busiest stretch of Chestnut Grove; during rush hours cars line up from the High Road back to the second roundabout. This development will add further to the heavy congestion. Cars would be accessing the development across a pavement where there is heavy pedestrian traffic. Safety concerns about school children and pedestrians using this road have already been raised on several occassions by concerned local residents.

3. There are not enough car parking spaces in the development meaning additional pressure on the already strained parking situation in the area.

There are further implications for the residents that back onto the development or who live in the immediate vicinity, however the points above should concern the wider community and are perhaps the most important issues for discussion here.

For information there was a previous application to build on this site (2006/0890) which was refused for the following reasons:

https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/ ... ageCount=1
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Goldhawk » Wed May 09, 2018 4:48 pm

The developers "community engagement" was an afternoon display in Balham Baptist Church that was barely advertised
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby dequacivis » Wed May 09, 2018 9:54 pm

Everyone who is concerned about this and would like to object, please may we just advise you not to WASTE energy creating well thought out and researched counter arguments!
it will be of no use - Wandsworth Planning Department is beyond repair!
It is currently under the Leadership of confirmed liar - Tim Cronin and his side kicks, Nigel Granger and Nick Calder.
Cllr Will Sweet (Chairman of Planning Application Committee) is leading the Party charge to Tweet about new "affordable" housing approvals - nothing gets in the way of this ... believe US!
The reality is they have been pursuing an illegal policy of maximizing Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) at the expense of Affordable Housing allocations (Council can hide and use CIL ... they can't spend affordable homes!)
They have no interest in fulfilling strict duties under Anti-money laundering, counter terrorism or tax evasion.
Ask yourself where all the profits go from all the projects putting you in the shadows, disrupting your peace, ruining your neighbourhood and clogging up your streets??... OFFSHORE dummy shell companies, that take the easy profits, allow house-builders to "update" viability reports and magic away affordable homes!!!
Follow the Money!!! The Design and Access Statement here says they are dealing with a "LOCAL" Company...... Really?
What is so local about the Isle of Mann?
Address in London is their accountant's (also linked to the PANAMA papers ... what a surprise!)
Don't bother making legitimate Planning Comments ......
But try asking the Planning Department this:...
Who is Keystone Holdings Ltd.....?
Who is Propeller Ltd.....?
In light of the following recent revelations:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43823962
http://www.transparency.org.uk/press-re ... vNbKy7waUk
what have you done to verify "Beneficial Ownership"?
If local resident's homes and Communities are being ruined, don't you have a right to know who is getting rich (er) and avoiding TAX?
If in any illusion that the Council will not absolutely destroy your neighbourhood for CIL .. look at the devastating story of
https://www.facebook.com/Beecholme-Tenn ... 737360844/
For £600k of CIL the Council have destroyed this community and literally Crushed any opposition (divide and Conquer), using borough solicitors to threaten all sorts of pecuniary doom!
WE ARE HERE TO HELP ... WE WILL MONITOR....
GET THE MP AND MAYOR (SADIQ) TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF JUST PROMISE
#savewandsworth @dequacivis
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby dequacivis » Wed May 09, 2018 11:25 pm

This is what happened to a Nightingale Backland site, once Sarah McDermott (as Chair of Planning) was instructed to secure the £600k CIL money at all costs
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Goldhawk » Thu May 10, 2018 6:54 am

If you can show that the development doesn't fit with the neighbourhood development plan then there is a chance
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby dequacivis » Thu May 10, 2018 7:59 am

Goldhawk wrote:If you can show that the development doesn't fit with the neighbourhood development plan then there is a chance
Hi Goldhawk,
That is correct, if WBC Planners paid one bit of attention to the so called "rules"
They don't , if it gets in the way of their objectives.
The evidence is clear and has been known to many experts for quite a while
[Check out all the History at Clapham Action Group Blog site]
What has not been clear, is just how criminal they are prepared to be to achieve.
This development will go through, irrespective of "right or wrong", if it achieves the necessary policy objectives.

People need to be aware of what damage is being done to the Borough infrastructure.
If you have Non-Tory Whip Cllrs, you need to get them to start interceding and demand reform.
MP is aware of the criminal charges for many months, but has so far only paid lip service to intervention. They need to up the effort.
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Spinosaurus » Sun May 13, 2018 4:13 pm

Does anyone know if anyone’s been using the land for recreation, since the bowling club stopped using it and when that was? There might be scope to register it as a village green.
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby rooting4tooting » Sun May 13, 2018 10:06 pm

Keystone Holdings Limited 13 Peel Road
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they own the telegraph pub in brixton
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Talkman » Mon May 14, 2018 6:37 am

There’s some great detective work here. Hopefully developers won’t get the go ahead.
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Goldhawk » Mon May 14, 2018 7:42 am

I don't think it's been used since the Bowls Club building was sold
They have been trying to build on it ever since
 
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby DavidT » Mon May 14, 2018 10:24 am

Thanks everyone for highlighting the issues here, especially Annabel in the mail out, without which this would just pass most of us by before it is too late, a bit like the aforementioned "community consultation" (ha ha).

This is in Nightingale ward where the MP is Rosena Allin-Khan rosena@drrosena.co.uk and the councillors are Richard Field RField@wandsworth.gov.uk Ian Hart ihart@wandsworth.gov.uk and Sarah McDermott smcdermott@wandsworth.gov.uk
Suggest contacting them as well as objecting to the planning.

Before the site was closed off a few years back I spoke with some people who were camping on the site - a young woman from Latvia was one. Don't know if that counts as recreational use?! Registering as a village green sounds appealing.
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Sarah McDermott » Mon May 14, 2018 5:08 pm

A message from your Nightingale councillors (Cllrs Sarah McDermott, Richard Field and Ian Hart):

We are fully aware of the application at the former Balham Bowls Club and are keeping a weather eye on the proposals. Now the application is on Wandsworth Council's planning portal (2018/1741) and the public consultation is running please submit individual objections.

Do feel free to copy us in as your councillors (smcdermott@wandsworth.gov.uk, rfield@wandsworth.gov.uk, ihart@wandsworth.gov.uk) although we too can access the objections from the website.

We will do all we can to represent local residents' views and to ensure that any proposed development is designed with the people of Balham in mind.
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby Spinosaurus » Mon May 14, 2018 9:15 pm

I think it's too late to apply as a village green unfortunately as it's not been used for over a year. What a shame. I think it could potentially be designated as a Local Green Space though as particularly as Balham town centre is an open space Deficiency area. More on this In the London Plan : https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/pl ... ng-spac-20
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby dequacivis » Tue May 15, 2018 8:35 am

WARNING - Do not Believe the "Nightingale Councillors"

Those of you that are seriously concerned about such issues, should understand that the Councillors are merely diversionary tactics. NOTHING is passed in Planning unless it fits in with the ruling regime's overall policy.

In this case, a large over-development provides increased levels of Community Infrastructure Levy, which the Council can spend pretty much as it likes (although not meant to)

Cllr Mcdermott is complicit in forcing through inappropriate schemes at the detriment of Local communities - See Posts Above

REMEMBER - This proposal is being pushed through, by Offshore structured speculators, to create engrossed tax free profits at the expense of residents and the legacy of Wandsworth

The only defense is for residents to wake up to the abuse and see the detriment to the future Borough
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Re: Save Balham Bowling Green: Planning Objection

Postby ppe » Tue May 15, 2018 9:37 am

What a coincidence to come across this article a few days ago

https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comm ... 35496.html

Objections to the development of our 'unused' green spaces shouldn't solely be confined (and I do think they are justified in doing so) to their effect on nearby existing housing and their residents. How about simply trying to preserve them for their intrinsic value as a whole?
According to the natural-historical value view, natural entities, including species and some ecosystems, have intrinsic value in virtue of their independence from human design and control (Katz 1992) and their connection to human-independent evolutionary processes (Rolston 1986). This is the conception of intrinsic value that Soulé appeals to in his normative postulate: "Species have value in themselves, a value neither conferred nor revocable, but springing from a species' long evolutionary heritage and potential" (Soule 1985). Although the idea of natural-historical value is conceptually coherent, it has proven to be difficult to justify. That is, it is not easy to explain why natural-historical properties of species and systems are objectively value adding (Sandler 2007).
I fear that given the ownership of the land will determine its fate to a large degree. But I will be objecting nonetheless even though I don't live anywhere near the site.

Good luck to everyone in their protest of this development - and please spread the word.