We, the undersigned, object to the Planning Application (Ref. 12/06108/COFUL), currently before Westminster City Council, for the Amberley Road School site in Amberley Road, London W.9.. In particular, we object, in the strongest possible terms, to the proposals to demolish the Amberley Road School buildings. We therefore call upon the Council to undertake the following.
1. To refuse permission for any proposals which include the demolition of the Amberley Road School buildings, and to ensure that the historic and aesthetic value of these buildings is preserved and protected.
In this respect, it should be noted that we have the support of The Victorian Society, who have already written to the Council objecting to the proposed demolition. We also have the support of local resident, the renowned historian, writer and broadcaster, John Julius Norwich, CVO. In addition, we call upon the Council to undertake the following. 1. To ensure that any redevelopment proposals take proper account of the fact that this is a quiet residential area, with pre-existing traffic limitations. We would respectfully remind the Council that Amberley Road is a cul-de-sac, adjoining the 'No Through Road' Amberley Estate, and that both adjoin the canal. Any proposals which include a vast increase in traffic, which in turn increases the potential for traffic accidents, should not be accepted.
2. To ensure that noise and disruption is kept to a minimum, and that any changes have minimal negative impact, both during and after any redevelopment. Local residents, many of whom have lived in the area for decades, value the light, views, safety, privacy, peace and quiet, and sense of community they currently enjoy, all of which could be threatened by the current proposals. Priority should be given to the needs and concerns of existing, rather than future, residents.
3. To compensate for the hugely unpopular decision to relocate Westminster Adult Education Service by providing an alternative educational and/or community facility, if not on the site itself, then within the local area.
4. To ensure that any redevelopment will be beneficial for the area, and for the community; for example, by including an acceptable percentage of affordable housing in any residential development, and by providing employment opportunities for local people.
5. To immediately put into place a proper consultation process with local residents, and to expand the consultation area to include all those likely to be affected by any redevelopment. Something similar to that undertaken with residents on the opposite side of the canal, in respect of the proposed Westbourne Green redevelopment, would be both appropriate, and long overdue.