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Petitioning Council of the London Borough of Lambeth

Save Roupell Street from the threat of development

A quiet, Georgian residential street in the heart of Waterloo is facing severe threat to its heritage and the environment, if plans from a global, commercial language school go ahead. 

Roupell Street is one of the few surviving examples of Georgian working class terraced housing in central London. In an area already surrounded by twenty first century architecture the integrity of the street which includes the Victorian school and the Peabody estate becomes a serious heritage issue. This conservation area is the setting for famous films and dramas including ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’, and the residents are rallying together to fight a planning application from Education First language school.

The ‘school’, an international commercial business, has submitted a proposal to Lambeth Council for permission to build a two storey student canteen, demolishing a wall, destroying trees, removing views of the original Victorian parochial school and taking away the visual openness of its courtyard in a highly developed area. This is a listed building, key to a group by the neo-Gothic architect Edmund Woodthorpe.

A shock planning application was lodged at the beginning of the holiday season, to the incredulity of residents and the many hundreds of commuters who walk through the Lambeth Estate on their way from Waterloo to the City. 

EF Language Schools has over 500 schools in 50 countries and teaching space elsewhere in London. It registers up to 1,000 international students a week at its Roupell Street campus, several times the resident population of the area and with no community benefit. Concern has frequently been expressed about the over-crowding of a building designed as a primary school for a maximum of 200.

Please support this local community and its visitors to protect Roupell Street, it's heritage and environment.

Details are on the Lambeth Council planning website for Planning Application 15/03847/LB and Planning Application 15/03846/FUL.  

Thank you.

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