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Planning Committee Submission

Submission to Wandsworth Borough Council
Added on: 16 November 2016 at 15:45:54

8A Battersea Park Road, 2016/5803

The Battersea Society objects strongly to this proposal further to increase the dominance of the proposed new building at the expense of the setting of the listed church and of the Battersea Park Conservation Area.

In 2014 an increase in the height was proposed – and subsequently approved.  At this time Historic England wrote:

The proposed residential accommodation associated with this proposal is of a significant scale and massing, which will challenge the visual primacy of the church as the focus of the site. Though of an interesting, contemporary design which draws on the steeply-pitched roof of existing buildings for architectural reference, the height of the building challenges the existing church, and consequently may harm the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Our own letter of objection, attached, echoed this view.  The visualisations of the consented and approved schemes shown within section 3 of the Design and Access Statement clearly show the adverse effect of any further increase in height.  It appears that the increase also materially affects the overall massing so that it fails in any way to complement the shape of the church but appears not only taller but narrower than the church.

These visualisations also show the visual clutter of the balconies on to Battersea Park Road.  We think it unlikely that these will serve any purpose other than fulfilling requirements for outdoor space given the traffic density and frequent standing traffic. 

We have two further concerns.  First while this may be car free there needs to be space for off-road temporary parking for service vehicles or for disabled access.  Second we can see no mention of affordable housing within the papers.  We assume the requirement for this will have changed with the proposed increase in the number of units.

We trust this application for a harmful change to the consented plans will be refused.

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