Monday 15 July 2013 11.09pm
I know I don't live in SE1 anymore but there is no forum on the SE16 community website and we are all at the mercy of Southwark Council
I thought you might still be able to help!
I bought my flat in Nickleby House of Dickens estate a year ago. I was fully aware major works were planned involving a new roof, concrete repair, brickwork repairs, possible asphalt to balconies and lateral mains, as listed in the management pack supplied by Southwark Council
I received a letter stating an application has been made for "The application of grey/white insulated render to all elevations and the installation of replacement doors/windows in upvc".
The plans can be seen at http://planningonline.southwark.gov.uk/AcolNetCGI.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeDocs&TheSystemkey=9550167
I have no objection to the new front doors, as some in the block don't look that energy efficient or secure.
However I do object to the rendering and therefore will be contacting the council during the consultation period.
My reasons for objection are:
1) "External wall finish" to Nickleby house is not marked as requiring work on the planned Warm Dry Safe programme approved by Cabinet in Oct 2011 - therefore where has this sudden need to render the whole block come from?
2) The Energy Performance Certificate for my flat estimates the addition of external wall insulation will result in a typical saving of £130 per year. However I suspect my major works bill for the rendering will run into thousands making this investment very uneconomical financially.
3)The flat's Energy Efficiency Rating is currently band D, one band better than the national average which is E. So I don't believe it is of pressing concern. Also having lived in the flat through the last Winter I do not consider it to be inefficient in terms of losing heat.
3) There will be ongoing costs associated with the block being rendered as it will require regular painting, making it an even less economical investment.
4) I think the block is currently rather handsome with its brickwork, and in-keeping with the other buildings nearer the river not on the estate. It is a lovely 1930s building and I really cannot imagine it looking anywhere near as nice once it is covered (apart from the external walls of the balconies and stairwell) in new white render (which wont stay white for long!).
My questions to you dear SE1-ers are:
A) Has anybody else had their block rendered? If so what figure am I looking at for the major works bill? Also which block? so I can go and look at it to get an idea of what I may end up with!
B) Has anybody has any success in getting any applications rejected during the consultation period? If so any tips?
C) Can anybody think of any other facts or reasons which may support my objection?