Added on: 20 July 2016 at 17:25:22
33-35 Ursula Street, 2016/3061
The Battersea Society objects to this application to demolish, with the exception of the front façade and some part of the side elevations, what were originally two houses and build a larger house behind the façade. The proposals are an overdevelopment of the site, would result in an irreversible reduction in the number of dwellings and would cause harm to the streetscape and to neighbours both in Ursula Street and to the rear.
The proposals would harm the character and appearance of the Three Sisters Conservation area. The proposed change to the location of the front door shown in the drawing of the proposed elevation shows clearly how this final change would flag up the presence of, in effect, a mansion in a street of semi-detached ‘villas’. Changes already made to the front are regrettable but this further change would have a significant and undesirable effect on the street scene. The development overall would have a detrimental effect on the appearance of the host properties (in as much as they remain) and the surrounding streetscape.
The Character Appraisal for the Three Sisters Conservation Area emphasises that the essential character of this street and its historic significance is that it is a street of semi-detached villas. Before any decision might be taken to approve this application we consider that the views of the WCAAC should be sought.
This proposal fails to meet significant objectives within policies DMS1, DMS2 and DMH5 and as such should be refused.
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