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Huge tower block development Kennington, object by 01/10

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Wednesday 25 September 2019 3.35pm
Hi all,

Anthology London are consulting on proposals to build a 258 unit development including a 29 storey tower block in a low rise residential area of Kennington right next to the old workhouse/cinema museum and the iconic star of Grand Designs, the Water Tower.

The new 29 storey tower is expected to be 98.25m (322 ft) tall drowning the neighbouring historic properties and conservation areas. For comparisons, Big Ben is 96m tall (315 feet) and this certainly won't be as beautiful!.

The community group https://stoptheblocks.org/the-proposals holds a great summary of the information and a visual representation of the plans along with the council website ( https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=PV52BEBOIQN00 ) that has the light impact assessment and other documentation as well as being where you need to log your support for the development - or your concerns. The current state is around 220 objections to 2 supporters.

Also, if anyone has contacts who we could commission to represent us who are specialists in planning, conservation areas or right to light laws/modelling we would love to hear from you - email contactstoptheblocks@gmail.com

Those of us that live in the beautiful community that is Kennington surrounded by mainly low rise buildings it has become really important to challenge this development to ensure that our unique feel is not lost. Please help raise awareness of the impact of this development by commenting to the council yourself and forwarding to anyone you think may be adversely affected whether through increased traffic; worries about impact on schools, doctors and other vital services; loss of light or loss of privacy; or the lack of affordability in this development. You'll find information about what to put in your objection on the stop the blocks website if you are short of inspiration.

Take Action Now! https://stoptheblocks.org/take-action-now

Thank you!
Wednesday 25 September 2019 4.20pm
Will this development be near all the new blocks at the Elephant?
We all know we as a city/country are in a desperate need for housing , the only way is up. So London will be getting more high rise , every new build has to have a percentage of social housing so if we stop going up then this will have an impact on housing access for the majority of Londoners. The area you mention would have been green fields once upon a time you wouldnt be living there if planning was denied. As a city we need to move forward and build up look after what we have but still build high.
I enjoy seeing high rise as long as they are maintained and managed well.
This is only my opinion , Im from sarf London and love seeing how things are moving forward in my part of the city.
Wednesday 25 September 2019 10.36pm
Hi Scooter, thanks for your response. Yes, in many ways I and many of the people opposing the tower block do agree with you. The site is currently a semi derelict nursing home and a good opportunity for creating housing. No one expects the land, in precious zone 1, to lie empty.

However...

I don't know if you have spent time at the old workhouse or seen the water tower (featured on Grand Designs), or wandered around the beautiful squares around Kennington? This tower block is only metres away from the water tower and workhouse and completely dwarfs them (see scale drawings on the website, the water tower is to the bottom left of the tower block). Conservation areas were specifically created to protect these areas and we feel that a more sympathetic design is required.

You are also right that E&C has many tall buildings now, but where they come near buildings of historic value like the Cumming Museum,the new builds are modern in design but about 3-5 storeys high, only once there is a good distance between them, do the buildings rise significantly. By contrast we are looking at 29 stories immediately adjacent to significant historical architecture which seems unsympathetic to the local environment. In addition, the high rise E&C buildings do have both green space around them so they do not destroy right to light (some people are seeming an 80%decrease in light in these plans and that's by the developers estimations) and they appear less jarring. They are also served by a main road network. By contrast for this plan the entire site is taken up with buildings, there is just a 6 metre gap in some cases and an old, Victorian, narrow road structure to support not just the build but the estimated 300 vehicle movements a day.

So no one is saying we don't need housing or that high rise is bad, or that we want fields instead. What we are saying is a number of local residents may want to check as they may suffer adverse consequences in terms of being overlooked, in terms of loss of light, in terms of vehicle movements, in terms of school/ doctor/infrastructure availability. If they are going to be negatively impacted they need to know and object now as the deadline is 1st Oct.

It doesn't sound like you are quite close enough to need to be concerned about these impacts, which will allow you to admire the new skyline when it is created. We are just hoping the new skyline will be slightly more sympathetic to those living right under these proposed blocks.
Friday 27 September 2019 11.16pm
Social housing always seems to be the deciding factor in allowing new builds that tower into the sky. Will the social housing be the same as the allocated amount on the old Heygate? I never did find out the final amount of social tenants now living in Elephant Fart..whoops Elephant Park. Can't really remember how many was offered and how many materialised.
Saturday 28 September 2019 7.03am
Hi Jan
The affordability of this is woeful, Only 24 out of the 258 units proposed will be “affordable” rent units which is another point we are making in the objections.
Saturday 28 September 2019 8.08am
Hi Jan, shockingly Only 24 out of the 258 units proposed will be “affordable” rent units.

This is one of the main points of objection, there's no need for 234 more units for 'investors'.

The main objection points can be found here: https://stoptheblocks.org/f/top-10-suggested-points-of-objections

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