Monday, 16 March 2009

Victory for residents in planning battle

Local residents on Clapham Road have defeated plans to build a five story building on a site in between Stockwell Park School and the Stockwell Gardens Estate.

Planning Officers rejected the planning application by Crest Nicholson on behalf of Lidls, which would have included a car park and 68 flats.

The decision was taken by planning officers without reference to the planning committee.

The reasons stated were apparently:
- The retention of the early Victorian villa on the site is considered important,
- The quality of the proposed replacement is not considered good enough for a conservation area, in particular it would have been too big and too 'hard'.
- The layout of the building, particularly its entrances, is not considered to be good enough, and
- The plans included a car park, while official policy is to discourage car use.

Congratulations to local residents who fought hard to protect their area and light into their houses. And well done to the local Labour councillors for taken up their case.

I'll keep you updated if there is an appeal or a new application is filed.


Anonymous said...


Well done in protecting the rich and in keeping Stockwell crap

Another shameful feather in your cap like the stopping a new swimming pool being built in Stockwell Park High School

Anonymous said...

Excuse me
"Congratulations to local residents who fought hard to protect their area and light into their houses. And well done to the local Labour councillors for taken up their case"

I didn't get the same when teh Bottle Store being built on the Stockwell Green site was proposed. The development is huge and totally overshadows nearby residents and St Andrews Primary School.

The way you pick and choose what you Stand up for is disgraceful. You are only interested in standing up for rich people in Stockwell Park conservation area.

Alex Bigham said...

Well there's nothing wrong with standing up for residents in the Stockwell Park Residents area - but there are plenty of stories on this site about other areas - like the Mursell, the Studley. And the site would affect residents in the Stockwell Gardens Estate, not just on the streets of the SPRA.

As for the swimming pool, the problem was we wanted the pool to be open for use for local residents as well as school pupils. Sadly those behind the development wouldn't agree to that, which is why an all weather sports pitch is being created in the site.

Anonymous said...

Alex all very intersting but (1) you did not respond (nor did Cllr Bowyer a Hyde Southbank Board member) to the repeated query I raised as to why you uncritically claimed there had been objections to the proposal on the grounds that it overlooked a school playground when a brand new multi storey 2008 Studley Estate development overlooks the Allen Edwards school in Studley Road. Not to mention various other Studley Estate complexes that also overlook the very same school and which in my 55years on the Studley Estate have NEVER been the subject of criticism and concern so far as I am aware.

Also any connection more generally with the leader of LAMBETH COUNCIL being very greatly concerned about needing Sainsbury's financial and developmental back-up for a very substantial development in another area of the borough? Of course another Stockwell supermarket might undermine Sainsbury's Nine Elms trade eh??


Alex Bigham said...

Firstly - you are right. There have not been complaints about the developments on the Studley, so we didn't campaign on them. On the other hand, there were lots of complaints about the Clapham Road development from local residents - and opposition from the school chair of governors, which is why we made it an issue. It really is as simple as that.
On the Sainsburys story - that is total rubbish. I've not talked to the Leader about the Clapham Road development and am not even aware of a Sainsburys development, which I assume is not in Stockwell anyway?

Anonymous said...

This won't bloody do - you write "On the other hand, there were lots of complaints about the Clapham Road development from local residents" - were there lots of complaints specifically that the development would overlook the school playground? If so did you investigate them or just parrot them? Were they valid? If so why? especially given what the experience has been on the Studley Estate. You appear to me to simply have parroted the criticism because basically you are not for the develoment.

As for the outstanding big painful Sainsbury's development you simply appear not even to know about it.


Anonymous said...

Rich well to do people with the time and resources to moan to you and you listen. Working class people on an estate with no voice or means of getting their views across and you do nothing. Am i hearing this right!!!
Unbelievable behaviour, but not untypical of new Labour only interested in the well being of the rich and big companies like Sainsburys

Alex Bigham said...

Again, not true. I was out with the Labour councillors talking to residents on the Spurgeon estate just last weekend - we're out on an estate in Stockwell pretty much every Saturday. Plus the Labour councillors hold a roving surgery that is either on or very near to all the estates in Stockwell every Saturday at 11am, which is open to any resident who wants to come. Plus we go to all the TRA meetings in the ward. Let's stick to facts, Kilroy.

Anonymous said...

Another cods on your part - what IS the hard evidence to reasonably oppose the development that was proposed specifically because it overlooked a school playground? It was sheer codswallop and you knew from my comments and from the Allen Edwards / Studley Estate experience that no problems arose. I repeat that you are parroting this point. Certainly you have not elaborated what justifications there are for opposing the development because it was near a school. Provide the details don't just imply that there have been criticisms. Incidently did you or any of the three musketeers who consult so much consistantly consult much about zero Stockwell public toilet provision over the past 3 years or more and if so why only until very recently has there been so little feed back - and how are consultations on the matter currently going? Lets have a proper STANDUPFORSTOCKWELL feedback.

What about children on the Studley Estate living in accomodation overlooking particular spots where folk caught short are continually relieving themselves? Do you even know where the locations are??? Kids are playing in that environment.

KILROY. Stockwell Toilet Watch.

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