Lambeth Council has confirmed that a planning application to fell eleven trees in Clapham Park has been withdrawn by the developer Wates after it was branded “extreme”, “shocking” and “inadequate” by residents.
Eleven trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order were set to be cut down under planning application 22/03242/TPO, as part of plans to remove cladding from a building owned by housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) at 44 Clarence Avenue.
The planning application was subject to 22 objections from residents and Lib Dem Cllr Harris submitted a request to “call-in” the planning application, which could have seen the application reviewed by Lambeth’s Planning Committee.
Responding to Cllr Harris’ call-in request, Lambeth Council officers have confirmed they met with representatives from Wates this week and advised them that the application submission failed to justify the proposed tree loss and to evidence what construction alternatives to the use of scaffolding had been considered.
Wates has therefore withdrawn the planning application, committed to investigating alternative construction solutions to minimise the loss of protected trees and will submit a revised planning application to remove the cladding in due course.
Cllr Donna Harris, Leader of the Lambeth Lib Dem Council Group, commented:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with residents to successfully block this planning application, which would have seen so many established trees felled only to make way for temporary scaffolding.
“Clearly the works at Clapham Park to remove dangerous cladding are needed, but the original plans from the developer were poor and they now will have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better solution.
“Lambeth’s Local Plan calls for there to be a presumption in favour of the retention of trees when development occurs. But we’ve seen in recent years under Lambeth Labour’s watch that more trees have been felled than planted leading to a net loss of hundreds of trees in our borough.
“That’s why I’ve written to Labour administration to ensure there is a clear commitment from the Council that felling trees will always be a last – not a first – resort. This commitment is vital to ensuring their dismal record when it comes to trees improves in the coming years.”
Story from: https://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2022/11/cla ... per-wates/