This is a message for residents living on or near Queen Elizabeth Street. Or in fact anyone who has a healthy interest in ensuring property developers listen to and positively respond to the opinions expressed by the local community.
Londonewcastle are looking to develop the SSAFA building, on the corner of QES & Lafone Street, for mixed residential and office use. Of primary concern is the proposed development of the adjacent car park into a substantial and over-bearing 3.5 storey building with communal roof terracing. Their consultants website misleadingly refers to a 2 storey extension onto the existing car park QES Consultation.
I strongly believe the proposal is unacceptable as it does not take into account the scale of existing buildings on QES, Lafone St and Tower Bridge Square both compromising residents right to light and architecturally not in keeping with the adjacent conservation area.
Hello, a gentle reminder that the deadline for responses, Saturday 31st August, is fast approaching.
As a matter of interest, a previous application in 2008 to over-develop this site within the heart of Shad Thames was made and duly rejected by Southwark Council Planning Committee (LBS Number 07-AP-2936).
Of which the salient Reasons for Refusal included:
1. The proposal due to the increase in height and bulk of the existing building will create an overbearing structure creating a loss of outlook and an undue sense of enclosure upon the neighbouring residential properties, detrimental to their amenities, and thereby contrary to Policy 3.2 'Protection to Amenity' in the Southwark Plan July 2007.
2. The proposed extension by reason of its scale and detailed design would be harmful to the appearance and character of the existing building, the streetscape in general and to the setting of the nearby Tower Bridge Conservation Area. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies 3.12 Quality in Design; 3.13 Urban Design; and 3.18 Setting of Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites of The Southwark Plan (July 2007).
3. The proposal will result in the loss of off-street parking within an area with low Ptal rating and therefore is considered to have significant neagative impacts on the transport network, and there has been no information submitted by way of a Transport Assessment or a travel plan being submitted which might otherwise mitigate these harmful impacts. The proposal is therefore contrary to policy 5.2 'Transport impacts' of the Southwark Plan (July 2007).
A presentation / discussion on the revised plans was held last Thursday. Some 30+ residents attended. The revised plans are available on the Southwark Planning site via this link for those that didn’t attend.
Next Steps: Objection letters should be submitted to Southwark (firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Wing Lau Ref: 13/AP/2405) by end of day this Friday. The planning decision will likely be made at a sub-planning committee meeting in early February.