The battle is not over. What can we do now?
Jul 6, 2018 — Unfortunately Lambeth has given planning permission for the first part
of the proposed OAKDA development on the Oval Gasholder site. This
includes permission for several towers up to 18 storeys high, a 10
storey building built inside the Grade II listed Oval Gasholder 1, and
will see the demolition of locally listed Gasholders 4 and 5, against
the recommendations of Historic England, SAVE Britain's Heritage and
the Victorian Society. The result will be dense massing with little
sunlight or public space and housing very few people can afford.
But the battle is not over. What can you do?
1. The Mayor of London has the power to overturn the planning
permissions once they are formally referred to him (which we believe
has not yet happened), he will only have 14 days to decide. We
therefore urge you to write to him urgently at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some examples of points you can use in your letter.
2. Comment on the second planning application for the Tesco part of
the development which has just been submitted. It has many of the same
problems as those listed above and, including a 17 storey tower, dense
massing and little sunlight and public space. You can comment before
2nd August by cutting and pasting this address:
3. Encourage people to sign and share this petition. Your support is crucial.
Possible points to consider for letter to the Mayor:
-Density and massing which exceed density guidelines. The Mayor
expressed concerns about density in his earlier Stage 1 Review.
-Tall towers out of keeping with a relatively low rise neighbourhood.
-Overshadowing within the development and of neighbouring properties.
Lack of sunlight will be unhealthy and unpleasant and limit the growth
of vegetation. Children may not wish to play in such conditions nor
adults to spend time there.
-Public spaces are also too small and often dual use.
-Such a massive development will overwhelm our existing vibrant and
-Inadequate provision for additional amenities to support such a large
influx of residents.
-Safety issues eg. where public space doubles as vehicle routes and on
the narrow external access road (Vauxhall Street) which is also a
major cycle route.
-Projections of increased car transport and resultant pollution,
appear not to account for factors such as taxi journeys or food or
parcel delivery to flats.
-There will be irreversible damage to the local heritage. This
includes breaching Historic England's recommendations for the Grade II
listing of Gasholder 1 by destroying its iconic outline.
-The proposals are seriously skewed towards luxury homes and profit.
-The scheme sets a dire precedent for further inappropriate
development in the neighbourhood and is a major threat to the future
of Kennington Conservation Area. We do not wish to become a soulless
neighbourhood overwhelmed by luxury blocks such as at Nine Elms.
Thank you for your continued support.
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