Thanks. I was beginning to develop a complex.
I help found the Friends of Archbishops Park, and Chaired the group until about 18 months ago when Helen Lees said she wanted to stand. Though I apparently remained a Committee member until a few weeks back, I have not been invited to a Committee meeting for almost two years.
I should say that I have no idea what most of this is about. I posted about 30 months ago, saying I was worried and upset about the treatment I was receiving from some parties. This has continued since then and is now evident in the Forum. I too, would love to simply go away and hide but suspect that is what people want me to do.
Instead and given the level of interest and opinion I will post details of how to contribute to the Founders Place Appeals process:
This application, by the St Thomas' and Guys Charity was for eight new buildings containing 641 new flats, 231 for "key workers", a new health facility, a Ronald McDonald House to house the families of sick children and a staff nursery. The existing staff accommodation (Canturbury and Stangate Houses) and the Holy Trinity Buddhist Centre to the north of Archbishops Park and the buildings on the corner of Royal Street
and Lambeth Palace
Raod would be demolished.
All the land to the south of Royal Street
to Archbishops Park is conservation area designed to protect the setting of the park. The trees within this area, and the two buiildings are therefore protected.
Lambeth have rejected the application on two grounds. One essentially is bulk "the proposed buildings ...would by way of their height length and proximity result in an oppressive and overbearing development, thereby failing to provide an acceptable level of amenity for prospective residential developers."
The second is Conservation and that fact that "the buildings by way of their height, length and proximity to the boundary with Archbishops Park, harm the setting of the Park thereby failing to preserve the character and appearance of the Lambeth Palace
There is an awful lot of detail and several boxes of papers. However in summary there are two areas of concern. First the demolition of the Holy Trinity Centre. And second the proximity of the builidngs, with south facing windows, to the avenue of 14 mature plane trees in Archbishops Park. Local residents are working with Planning Aid for London to get expert advice on the impact changes in miro-climate will have on the long term sustainability of the trees. But there is also concern that new residents will lobby for pruning and fellling of the trees to improve their light and veiws.
If you want to express your views to the Planning Inspectorate, whether to support the development or to support the Lambeth refusal, you should write to:
The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/19, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay
House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. in triplicate quoting reference numbers APP/N5660/A/06/2029887 and APP/N5660/E/06/2029891
Comments must be received by 4 January 2007
You should give your name and address and if you wish, email or phone. Details will be made public.
Alternatively comments can be made by email via the Planning Portal www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs
Responses can be quite simple, saying what the extra facilities might bring, or why you want the Holy Trinity Centre to stay, or why the trees in the park are important.
Questions might also be asked about the S106 money and why it has been ear-marked inter alia for improvements to the Lambeth Palace
entrance and a football pitch and a games court rather than the cafe (using the old toilet block or lodge) that was the clear community priority during consultation.
We are told that it helps the inspector if he does get a good range of opinions from local people.
Details of the original application and refusal can be found on the Lambeth website reference was 05/01168/FUL/DC_PBR/37305. They also have further information about the appeals process. Alternavtively you can visit Lambeth Planning's offices at Vauxhall Cross. The case officer is Paul Robinson on 020 7926 1219.
If you have further questions do ask.