Saturday 13 June 2009 9.02pm
We live in a block of flats on the corner of Grange Road
(Bridge View Court) and we recently received a letter from the Council informing us that our management company & freeholders (The evil Peverel Co.) have applied to add two new floors to our building (ie. from a 5 storey to 7 storey).
We received an "idea" letter from architects several months back asking us for our initial thoughts to a possible plan to add these floors but were told it wouldn't be years until the plan actually got underway. I didn't bother replying as the idea seemed insane and illegal.
Originally, at the time of purchase, we were told by the developers that the roof would be converted into a Roof Terrace and Garden for shared use by all residents.
I know the residents at the Jam factory were quite successful in getting the green space instead of a new block in front of the chimney block. Is there anyone from the residents association at JF who could help us with what rights we have and how we can oppose this ridiculous plan?
There's nothing in it for the residents other than probably more increase to our already inflated service charges, more disruction to our satiated infrastructure and lift service and apart from the noise, dust, inconvenience, I can't see why we should agree to this proposal. My other fear is that this building was built as a 5 floor office block back in the 60s. It wasn't necessarily designed for extra weight of two new floors above our heads. Given Peverel's rubbish design record, I can just imagine the building collapsing above us.
Any help would be gratefully appreciated! Where do the rights of freeholders end?