From family support, fitness classes and learning to art exhibitions, festivals and talks, our activities are wide and far reaching.
We acknowledge the need for redevelopment of this site. However, in such a treasured area of London for locals and tourists, neighboured by listed IBM and National Theatre buildings, the design must protect and enhance rather than dominate its surrounding.
We are urging decision makers to reject the current proposal for this development, in favour of a smaller design that complements the surrounding area and adds value, for the local community and London as a whole.
The Secretary of State has decided to exercise his powers in section 77 of the 1990 Act to determine the planning application for the former London Television Centre, 60-72 Upper Ground, London SE1 instead of London Borough of Lambeth.
An Inspector will hold the public inquiry which will open at 10.00am on 6 December 2022, currently scheduled to sit for 12 days.
The Inspector’s report is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State on or before 29 March 2023.
The date by when the application will be decided will be published at the time the report is submitted to the Secretary of State.
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See the 72 Upper Ground Gallery above. The supersizing images of shadow casting and the mass impact on surrounding buildings:
To the south are Coin Street’s Iroko and Mulberry Housing Co-operatives. To the east are Prince’s Wharf, Gabriel’s Wharf, and Bernie Spain Gardens.
All CGIs and shadow diagrams in the 72 Upper Ground Gallery are taken from the Applicant’s planning application documents.
Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) and other neighbourhood stakeholders have been raising our objections for months.
Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) states in its advice to decision makers at Lambeth Council:
On 4 November 2021 Secretary of State Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP told MPs “We want to have a planning system where people can feel confident that beauty is taken seriously, confident that the environment is benefiting, confident that the money will be there to support infrastructure; and confident that the Community has a role ultimately in determining what is right”. He added, “We want to be in a position where communities, accept and welcome knew development”. [Source: Planning Resource 12 November 2021].
South Bank & Waterloo Neighbours (SoWN) was established under the above planning acts. SoWN states in its advice to decision makers at Lambeth Council “the mass of the proposed building would be overbearing when experienced from neighbouring streets and public spaces. The proposed building would dominate the local street scene and the conservation area to their detriment. The scale and form of the building would cause harm to important local heritage assets, such as the South Bank conservation area, IBM Building, National Theatre, and Roupell Street conservation area. The proposed building would result in a significant loss of daylight for a number of local residents. The proposed building would result in a very significant loss of sunlight across important public spaces, primarily the Queen’s Walk and Bernie Spain Gardens”.
SoWN is the community body that represents residents, workers, businesses of all sizes, and voluntary organisations in the South Bank & Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan, formally approved in February 2020. SoWN was responsible for the wide consultation involved in identifying the key issues, for writing the Plan and seeing it through to adoption. It represents the local community in monitoring how the plan is implemented, within the wider context of the Lambeth Local Plan and the London Plan. SoWN objectives are t
The Twentieth Century Society states in its advice to decision makers at Lambeth Council: “considers the currently proposed new building to be an over-development of a site within a sensitive historic environment. Compared to the existing building, the massing of the proposed new building will be further forward on the riverfront side. The new development will impact close views of the listed buildings from the Queen’s Walk and it will also impede wide views, particularly views of the National Theatre from Blackfriars Bridge to the east…The Society’s Casework Committee believes the proposed new building in its current form would harm the setting of the listed buildings on the site and harm the special character and appearance of the riverfront site, which is both a designated conservation area and positive contributor to a strategic view in London. We therefore urge the local authority to refuse planning permission and encourage the applicant to revise the design to substantially reduce the building’s front massing.”
Historic England states in its advice to decision makers at Lambeth Council: “There would be harm to the Grade II listed IBM building and Grade II listed National Theatre because of the close proximity of the proposed buildings and their impact on the importance of these designated heritage assets in river views. We have identified further harm through the 26-storey tower on the Roupell Street Conservation Area, through an increase in height and massing which compete with and distract from the Georgian domestic architecture in views within the conservation area…We continue to encourage you to explore refinements to the design to minimise the harm identified, including careful consideration being given to a reduction in the height and massing of the proposed buildings.”
The application for planning consent was submitted to Lambeth Council in July 2021.
You can take a look at a summary of the planning application and all associated documents here.
Neigbourhood planning (enshrined in the Planning Acts of 2012 and 2017) gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to plan for the types of development to meet their community’s needs and where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
The Planning Application and public responses where local people have shared their personal opinions and comments can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3CyoiHR