Added on: 3 December 2014 at 09:50:28
56-66 Gwynne Road: 2014/5357
The Battersea Society objects most strongly to this ill-conceived proposal for a 14 storey building on a small site alongside the railway line in Gwynne Road.
It is a gross over-development of the site, made worse by the addition of plant on the roof. While we do not much like the design this is not relevant, given that the height and bulk are unsuitable for the site. It would seem more sensible for a proposal to be developed which matches and extends the design of the Gwynne Road apartments alongside the site.
Gwynne Road is a narrow, heavily trafficked road with parking on both sides. It may besuitable for office or workshop accommodation but not for retail or restaurant activity which is adequately catered for in Battersea High Street. We agree with the Design Review Panel’s views that any such proposal is unlikely to be successful. The change of use of the ground floor of the pleasantly designed Gwynne Road apartments is sensible and inevitable.
We note that Gwynne Road apartments have refuse and car parking in the space below the railway embankment and believe this to be a condition of the proximity of the railway. Given the lack of parking space in the area it is essential that any development has, at the very least, space for off-street parking for service vehicles.
We find the suggestion that the proposed building would in some way improve the outlook from Harroway Gardens unpersuasive and while new landscaping is always pleasant the benefit of this would be outweighed by the over-dominance of a 14-15 storey building.
We are confident that this proposal will prove contrary to Council policy and that it will be rejected.
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