STOP WESTMINSTER COUNCIL APPROVING A MASSIVE 30 STOREY TOWER IN WEST END GREEN
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THE SKYLINE CAMPAIGN URGES WCC TO REFUSE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR APPLICATION 15/11677/FULL.
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW AND "OBJECT" TO THIS PROPOSAL ON THE WCC PLANNING PORTAL, POSTING YOUR COMMENTS ON
Why is this so important?
In December 2015 the developer Berkeley Homes submitted an application for a 39-storey residential tower as part of the redevelopment of a derelict site adjacent to several Conservation areas, and to the listed St Mary's Church, Paddington Green.
Following a high profile campaign aimed at stopping this outrageous scheme, on the grounds of excessive height and insufficient affordable homes, the developer has now re-submitted the application with notable changes.
The main ones are as follows: a reduction in height of approximately 30m, bringing the tower element from 39 to 30 storeys; an increase in height of the perimeter buildings of 1-2 storey; the reduction of 39 units; a significant reduction in affordable units (now 19% from 22% originally).
While the Skyline Campaign welcomes the proposed reduction in height, it still opposes the excessive and unwarrented height of the 30 floor tower and advocates a further reduction of 8 storeys, to bring it to 22 storeys, as directed by the Inspector during the course of a previous appeal for this site.
The reasons for objecting to this application are the following:
- This site does not fall within the Paddington Opportunity Area. Redevelopment should not therefore absolutely not include a super-tall building.
- WCC policy states that, within Westminster, only one tall building is allowed; as planning has been granted to n.1 Merchant Square, this extra tall building is contrary to WCC's own policies.
- If allowed, this building would become a dangerous precedent for further extra tall buildings in the Borough and in Central London.
- This site is adjacent to several conservation areas and listed buildings. The proposed tower would dwarf them and completely change the character of several distinctive neighbourhoods.
- This tower would be seen from all surrounding Royal Parks, causing significant harm to their settings.
- This building is contrary to Historic England's guidance; HE's objection is categorical.
- The ratio of affordable homes (19%) is significantly below the target of 30%. The benefits for the local community are therefore minimal.
The Skyline Campaign, local residents and amenity groups welcome the redevelopment of this site, which has stood empty for too long. This however does not imply that the developer should be allowed to disregard WCC's own policies in relation to height, its own affordable housing targets, the guidance of London's foremost conservation groups, and the opinions of hundreds of local residents and Londoners who oppose this greedy and over-bearing building.
WCC should encourage the developer and its architect to consider a more modest and appropriate development, that will not jeopardise the future of this Borough and of other significant parts of London. WCC should also not rush through this application, ignoring due process. Time must be taken to think through such a large scale development, and to consult widely so as to reach agreement with all stakeholders and Londoners as a whole.
This petition is promoted by the Skyline Campaign www.skylinecampaign.org
The Skyline Campaign was formed in early 2014 when it emerged that more than 230 new towers had either received planning consent in London or were in the pipeline. The Skyline Campaign is not against tall buildings, but aims to raise awareness of the irreversible consequences for London of the current unbridled tower construction, much of which has happened without adequate public awareness or planning policy. The Skyline Campaign is lobbying for a major public debate regarding a new vision for the capital; it also demands well-considered and effective policy change, to bring much greater scrutiny and control to the construction of tall buildings across the city.
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