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Planning Committee Submission

Added on: 30 July 2014 at 16:34:35

Land on the corner of Nine Elms Lane and William Henry Walk, SW8

The Battersea Society object most strongly to the disposal of this land which we understand was donated to the Council by Elm Quay Freehold’s predecessors.  We assume this was to ensure that an attractive stretch of land, at the entrance to this section of the Thames Path riverside walk, remained available for public benefit rather than being a site for an obtrusive advertising hoarding or a source of short term income for the Council. 

We would like to know the amount of money the Council expect to gain from this disposal. 

If this disposal were to go ahead it would compound the error made by WBC in granting the application made by Wandsworth Council, reference 2013/4035, for an illuminated sign beside the river. 

The planning application was objected to by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, by TfL, the St. James Group, the Battersea Society and many others.

The planning applications committee were sufficiently concerned to grant approval for the signage for only three years ending 15 December 2016.  The officer’s report suggests that one reason for a lack of concern about the loss of visual amenity is because the surrounding area is blighted by building works and that the Thames Tunnel will be under construction from 2016. 

These facts seem to support even more strongly the necessity of retaining unspoilt open space in an area which it is acknowledged is lacking in open space.  We have noted with pleasure the enhancement of the pocket park to the east of Riverside Park.  It is by no means certain that the Thames Tunnel will start construction in 2016 – and in any case planning permission for the illuminated sign runs out at the end of 2016. 

We urge the Council to withdraw its application for planning permission for an illuminated sign on this site and to discontinue its attempt to dispose of part of this site.

The Battersea Society look forward to knowing the amount of money the Council expects to receive for advertising on this site up to 15 December 2016 and will comment further once we have this information. 

In the meantime, no disposal should take place.