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Battersea Society calls for Twin Towers meeting

The Battersea Society has called on Wandsworth Council to hold a public meeting before any decision is taken on the planning applications for the ‘Twin Towers’ development in Clapham Junction. Harvey Heath, secretary of the society, has written to council leader Edward Lister demanding that concerned local residents be given a chance to quiz council leaders directly on these proposals.

“Given the large numbers of objections registered on the council’s website, it’s clear that disquiet is growing daily, especially over the size of the residential towers,” said Mr Heath.

He emphasised that a public meeting must be arranged as soon as possible. “If the council won’t organise one,” he promised, “then the Battersea Society will hold one early in the New Year.“

Time for local people to express their on the redevelopment plans is now running out, with the public consultation closing on 17th November. Local resident Cyril Richert feels strongly that the consultation period should be extended, with its scope widened to allow more time for the effects on local infrastructure and transport services to be considered. He has produced a leaflet which he hopes to to distribute widely across Clapham Junction, and is calling for volunteers to help him on the afternoon of Saturday 15th November. If you'd like to help then please contact Cyril by email .

The Battersea Society’s Planning Committee made its own detailed submission to the council in May following the unveiling of the scheme, and has not changed its view that the proposed towers are excessively high for the area, nor that any re-development of the station needs to take into account its wider implications for transport, especially buses, and other local facilities. A response was produced and agreed by the society's Planning Sub-Committee to reflect the concerns of members about these proposals, and expressed concern about the height of the proposed "twin towers", as well as making wider observations about other aspects of the scheme. The full document can be found by clicking here .

The current planning application is summarised in a leaflet produced by Wandsworth Borough Council, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here , and contains full details of how you can contact the council to make your views known.

Date posted: 10 November 2008