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Planning Committee Submission

Submission to Wandsworth Borough Council
Added on: 6 February 2017 at 18:41:14

Homebase Swandon Way – 2016/7356

The Battersea Society objects to this application for a development which is in clear breach of the Council’s own development policies.  The height, scale and massing of the proposed buildings are an inappropriate form of development for the site.  They fail to respond to or integrate with the surrounding townscape and, if built, would be to the detriment of the visual amenity both in relation to the immediate area and as viewed from the wider context of the historic environment.

The design as presented echoes that of the Embassy Garden buildings in Nine Elms Lane.  It is notable that even in this context, the design has been subject to considerable criticism.

The proposals for affordable housing are wholly inadequate. In addition they fail to take note of the need for affordable rented housing rather than expensive flats affordable only for the more fortunate of potential buyers.

It appears that neither Wandsworth Council nor TfL are prepared to consider the cumulative impact on public transport and road capacity of the developments already consented in the immediate area but rather assess each application here, in York Road, Lombard Road and Wandsworth Town in isolation, one from another.  The increases in rail capacity, while welcome, are at best likely to meet current demand more safely.

We are concerned at the request for any planning permission given to remain in force for seven years rather than the usual three. No adequate reason is given for this and it raises speculation about the longer term plans of the site owners.    

We find it hard to understand how planning officers can continue to recommend to the Planning Applications Committee proposals which have no basis in the approved Local Plan.

The Battersea Society has in the past actively engaged with the consultation process but we begin to feel there is little point in doing so in the future, given that the Council, its officers and developers appear to see approved policies as merely hurdles to be negotiated or ignored. 

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