Added on: 8 December 2015 at 09:38:47
Vista Development, 2015/6384
The Battersea Society objects most strongly to this repeated proposal to add to the height of this building – part of a development which is already overbearing in its impact on Battersea Park, its neighbours and the roadway in Queenstown Road.
The buildings already fill the site at a high density and are built close to the edge of the site along Queenstown Road. The addition of 3 penthouse dwellings – presumably to be offered at prices substantially above £2m each – is no justification for this. Neither can we accept that the relatively small sums for cultural enrichment and for affordable housing compensate for the detrimental effect of the additional height on Battersea Park and the already meagre quantity of affordable housing within the development.
In the original proposals much was made of the variation of height and the way this contributed to the design. We cannot agree that the proposal: “responds to the outstanding setting of Battersea Park and enhances the Conservation Area” nor that they “enhance the key principle of the original design”.
Given the speed with which this application is due to be resolved; and the apparent favourable discussions which it is reported have been held with planning officers; we have no confidence that this application will be refused.
Nonetheless we wish to object to this application.
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