Thamesfield Councillors Oppose Palmhouse Project

With concerns about late night noise the effect on parking of roof top venue

Cllrs Mike Ryder, Rosemary Torrington and John Locker


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Councillors for Thamesfield Ward, which covers Putney High Street, are publicly opposing the plan for a 700-capacity bar and food outlets called The Palmhouse on the rooftop car park at Putney Exchange.

In her objection sent to the council’s planning department, Councillor Rosemary Torrington says: “The surrounding area is residential accommodating families and young professionals. The proposal for a venue for 700 customers playing music and open until 11.30pm is quite out of keeping. There are many residents living in flats beneath and surrounding family homes who will need to have their windows open at night.”

Councillor Torrington says the night time economy in Putney is already well served by bars, pubs and restaurants and adds: “I am further concerned that this will add pressure for ever later closing times for bars on the High Street.”

She also points out: “The current electric charging points, disabled bays and wider family bays are located in the rooftop area which would be taken over by the new venue. By relocating these bays to the general parking area, it will further reduce parking for the general shopping public which does not use those bays. The Exchange car park serves the whole of the town centre not just the Exchange, therefore by removing shopping bays, it deters visitors to Putney”.

Fellow Thamesfield councillors Mike Ryder and John Locker said: “We fully echo Rosemary's concerns about late night noise and the effect on parking. We are also worried that such a venue, with up to 700 drinkers, will adversely affect the family-friendly nature of the shopping centre. Residents made their feelings known the last time an application was made at this sensitive site. We shall be supporting local people again and ensuring their concerns are taken into account."

We have asked Putney exchange and Incipio Group to comment.

January 29, 2019

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