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Planning Committee Submission

Added on: 20 August 2016 at 17:50:10

Exhibition of WBC proposals for new homes in Gideon Rd, Lavender Hill Garages & Tyneham Close

We welcome the fact that all the new homes in this scheme will be affordable and we note that they will be used to rehouse tenants who are affected by the redevelopment of the Winstanley and York Road estates.  The Council has previously given a commitment that the Winstanley and York Road redevelopment will not result in any reduction in the number of affordable homes.  Does this mean that the scheme now proposed here will bring about a net addition to the Council’s stock of affordable homes?  Or is the Council’s intention to meet its previous commitment in relation to Winstanley and York Road partly through offsite provision of new affordable homes, as in this scheme?

The area of Gideon Road affected by the new proposals includes some splendid mature trees.  The Battersea Society urges that the design of the scheme should give priority to preserving these and ensuring their continuing viability.

There is a long history of surface water flooding in Gideon Road and the storm on June 23 flooded the lower floors of the recently built private housing.  The causes of that are still being investigated.  It is very important therefore that the present proposals do not have the effect of increasing the risks of further flooding.  If at all possible the design of the new scheme should seek and take opportunities to reduce the present risks of flooding, to the benefit of the area as a whole.

Lastly we urged that the scheme should retain the well-used pedestrian link through from Gideon Road to Grayshott Road.  However, you were able to reassure us that this will indeed be the case.

The Battersea Society will consider the scheme in detail once planning applications are submitted.