Petition update

IMPORTANT - Please object NOW! Social housing site under threat from greedy developers

Waterloo Residents Alliance
United Kingdom

Oct 14, 2017 — It's really important that we get as many of you who signed the petition to OBJECT to the planning application online. It only takes a few minutes and don't worry, the website people won't bombard you with emails and your personal details won't appear in public. Please click here: https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=OTNNHEBOJPJ00 (Planning ref: 17/03658/FUL)

The main thing is to select and write the word "OBJECT". You can use as many of the reasons that we've outlined on the petition page, examples of which are below. The Planning Applications Committee meeting to determine planning permission is provisionally Tuesday November 7th 2017 so PLEASE ACT NOW! And share/encourage everyone you know to do the same (you don't have to live in Lambeth or in the UK). Thank you for your help.

Suggested reasons for objecting:

- This vacant site could and should be used for much needed social housing given homelessness is one of the UK's biggest problems

- The proposed site is in a highly residential area and there is a late night library for students opposite. The disruption to people's lives would be disastrous - and pretty much irreversible.*

- There has been no meaningful dialogue between the developers and the local community who have been blocked from meeting with the chief executive of the development, Bjorn Ulvaeus. Genuine concerns raised to the 'Mamma Mia! The Party' (MMTP) team by residents have been ignored, as have further requests for meetings.

- The land was fought for by the community in the 1980s for the purpose of social housing and community use - MMTP's restaurant/party venue is therefore quite inappropriate given it would be highly impractical for the community to use a restaurant in any other way other than a restaurant (can you imagine a creche or exercise/arts class in a bar/restaurant?!)

- Between 500-1000 party revellers would leave MMTP after consuming much food and drink around midnight, 7 days a week and there would be no appropriate visitor management strategy in place to prevent anti-social behaviour. It would be impossible to tell hundreds of people how to behave beyond the venue, so local residents would be subject to noise, litter and urination on the streets, in addition to suffering hordes of pedicabs, taxis and vehicles/coaches waiting on residential roads for punters.

- It is stated in both the Mayor of London's 'London Plan' and in Lambeth's Local Plan, that housing is a priority and that under-used or vacant sites (such as this one) should be optimised for housing potential. Lambeth council and landowners Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) have a duty to uphold this and take steps to achieve this by immediately making social housing happen on this site.

- This private development proposal came to the community as a done deal. There were secret meetings behind closed doors for at least a year before plans were presented to the people of Waterloo as a fait accompli. Project managers targeted only a select few residents for comment but totally ignored those who would be most affected - and there are hundreds. Developers then attended a couple of public local meetings and reported misleading comments about how positively the project had been received which is outrageous given overwhelming opposition by the local people of Waterloo.

*N.B. MMTP's claims of being 'temporary' until CSCB figure out what to do with their site is a sham. 5-10 years lease is not 'temporary! Yet both teams would benefit from this arrangement by exploiting local community land when thousands of people in the borough are homeless. CSCB have form on this kind of treacherous behaviour e.g. trying to sub-lease valuable public space during the Garden Bridge fiasco.


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