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Planning Committee Submission

Submission to Wandsworth Borough Council
Added on: 21 May 2016 at 11:18:32

15-27 Falcon Road, 2016/2027

The Battersea Society objects to this proposal for a building which fails to respond sensitively to the character and appearance of the surrounding area. 

As we made clear at the pre-application consultation, the design fails to respect the historic footprint of buildings along this side of Falcon Road, notable for the generous chamfering of the corners onto the adjoining roads.  The modern bricks proposed and the ‘contemporary’ design would not age well and would detract from the existing streetscape. The pavement on this stretch of Falcon Road is uncomfortably narrow and there is no reason why the building could not be set back to allow a more generous frontage.  This would benefit both the commercial tenants and passers-by en-route to and from  Clapham Junction.   

We do not agree that the design and massing is appropriate for this side of Falcon Road which is generally domestic in scale.  The western side is alongside modern development and here taller buildings are more acceptable.  This western development should be complemented by more modest proposals on the eastern side, proposals which respect their neighbours and the fabric of the majority of buildings to the east. 

We urge the applicant to think again and to prepare designs which fit more sensitively into their surroundings and which are not overbearing in their impact on the streetscape both in Falcon Road and in the surrounding area.

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