Thursday 11 January 2018 6.00pm
Have you looked at the drawings? I have. The idea that you would loose 'all natural light' is, put bluntly absurd. The proposals will create a condition that is not that dissimilar from the current condition at the other end of Empire Square where the tower is. Actually, that condition is arguably worse since the Empire Square block to the east of the tower does not step back at all. The newly proposed tower does step back over most of its height. Only part of it at the Long Lane
side rises to 14 floors. The so called 15th floor is a small plant room. Sat to the north side of your building, this tower could only possibly shade you from direct sun if the Earth turned upside down. I think you’d agree that is unlikely to happen.
This is not to say that the new building will not have an impact on how much indirect sunlight you receive, but that is the way it is, I’m afraid. We have a government that is beholden to the nimbies of the home counties, and since they won’t allow the city to spread out then it only has one way to go; up.
The assertion that the new building is 5 metres away from the buildings of Empire Square is largely false too. One extreme corner is, perhaps, this far away the remainder tapers away to the north making Southall Place
at least twice as wide as it is now where it meets Long Lane
. Incidentally, this part of the building only rises to three storeys on this line. For the most part it is much further away than the building to the north side of my own home. That rises to three storeys too.
I stress again that the proposed building does provide high quality accommodation that will be considerably more affordable than anything other than renting a room in a shared house for a huge number of single people, who could arguably never otherwise afford to live in the area. Where would you prefer these single people, who cannot afford to rent their own flat, never mind buy a house, and short of personal calamity will never qualify for social housing, live? At least this accommodation will not be largely owned by foreign investors and left mostly empty.