New planning row - close to Putney Garden Centre!
local residents, who fought Putney Garden
Centre closure, fight new development
battle over Egliston Lawns. The feelings
are so high that a new pressure group
The West Putney Conservation Group is
currently being formed.
across the Upper Richmond Road residents are also outraged over
a proposal for mobile phone transmitter.
Monty and his colleagues speak out!
wishes of residents of West Putney are likely
to be squashed yet again by Wandsworth Council
at a meeting of its Planning Committee Thursday
appears that two controversial proposals,
one involving the erection of a rooftop
telecommunication equipment at Richmond
Court on the Upper Richmond Road and the
other involving a proposal for the erection
of a new dwelling on the Landford Road
Conservation area of Egliston Lawns, are
due to be passed by the committee irrespective
of residents' objections.
opposing the erection of the telecommunication
equipment have complained that the equipment
could cause unknown health risks, particularly
to children. The area has a number of
nursery schools. In addition, there are
concerns over the negative visual impact,
its negative impact on house prices, increased
traffic problems during the construction
period as well as a detrimental effect
on the Grade II listed Methodist church
on the same road. The council has responded
by noting that despite the "significant"
number of objections by local residents
and despite the fact that these concerns
are "understandable", the planning
consent would be given.
case of Egliston Lawns is yet another
case of backland development, which Wandsworth
Council seems bent on approving, which
directly contravenes the Council's own
guidelines set out in the Citizen's Charter
regarding developments in Conservation
Areas. As in the case of Richmond Court,
the planning department argues that the
new development cannot be seen from the
road by the general public, ignoring the
fact that opponents to the schemes are
themselves part of the general public.
of surrounding houses in the leafy areas
of West Putney have noted that according
a consent to the application would severely
compromise the standards and safeguards
that were laid down in the 1990 ACT regarding
inappropriate development in conservation
areas, as well as the principles laid
out in the borough Unitary Development
residents say that the planned new development
would adversely affect traffic and security
concerns because of the narrow access
leading to the site. Egliston Road is
used by young children and elderly people.
The planning committee report on the question
clearly notes that the existing access
does "not meet the Council's standards"
and yet adds that this does not justify
addition, two trees on the property are
the subject of Tree Preservation Orders.
In fact, in a letter written in April1998
concerning a previous application on the
same site by the same owner, Councillor
Edward Lister made reference to the tree
and to the fact that he was personally
very clear in his own mind that the planning
application should be objected to on the
following grounds: "policy H17 of
the Council's Unitary Development Plan"
which "states that backland development
will only be permitted where it would
be compatible in scale, design and form
with adjoining property." He also
said that "there must be very real
question marks over the access arrangements"
and that "there is a large mature
poplar tree within the site which is probably
going to be affected."
Planning Committee report also acknowledges
that MP Tony Colman would be disappointed
to see another development despite strong
objections from local residents.
two cases, due to be reviewed at the Town
Hall Thursday night, come on the heels
of the council approving the sale of Putney
Garden Centre to a developer despite strong
objections from residents. The questions
arising from such approvals do not only
involve those regarding the standards
that the council applies when agreeing
to new developments, but, more importantly,
to the fact that the council has persistently
ignored local residents' wishes and needs
when agreeing to new developments that
are not only seen as detrimental to the
character of the area, but also as raising
new concerns about health and safety,
particularly for children.
residents comment on the Orange Transmitter
- Council meeting delays Orange decision
- Council request further technical reports for Egliston Lawns