Archive for April 27, 2009

NORTHCOTE WARD E-bulletin April 2009

Author: Cyril Richert

I received today the latest newsletter from the  Councillors of Northcote ward:

NORTHCOTE WARD E-bulletin April 2009

Welcome to our latest bulletin with reports on the Grade II listing of the Bolingbroke and confirmation of NHS plans for a health centre there; the latest consultation about the Clapham Junction planning application; support for local businesses; details of local roads to be re-surfaced and several dates for your diary. Please forward the bulletin to friends and neighbours.

Philip Beddows, Peter Dawson and Martin Johnson

Councillors, Northcote Ward, Battersea,

Wandsworth Borough Council.

Email: Heretohelp@wandsworthconservatives.com

Among all the topics, there was once again a call for people to submit their views regarding the Clapham Junction redevelopment proposal.

Clapham Junction Planning ApplicationClapham Junction Planning Application

Make sure you have submitted your views by May 1st. If as seems likely this application is to be considered at the Planning Committee on May 20th the officers’ report will be finalised in early May so don’t wait until the last moment to send in your views.

Full details of the application, including further recent submissions by the developers, are available at search the planning register

(Enter application number 2008/4488).

Whatever your own views send your comments, including your postal address, to Mark Hunter at planningapplications@wandsworth.gov.uk

Copies should be sent to

1. Cllr Leslie McDonnell, Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, with a request to circulate your views to members of the committee – lmcdonnell@wandsworth.gov.uk

2. Cllr Edward Lister, Council Leader – elister@wandsworth.gov.uk

3. Your Northcote ward councillors

We will ensure that the views of Northcote residents are properly represented when the application is discussed so please do let us know what you think of it.

It is important to remind everybody that there is an opportunity to let the Council know their concern and Councillors of Northcote ward are taking seriously the opinions of the local residents.

As we said previously, it is also very important that you make the most efforts to attend the meeting:

Date: Wednesday 20th May 2009 – 7.30pm (we advise you to come earlier, possibly 7-7.15pm)
Venue: Wandsworth Borough Council, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU (more details how to get there on the website)

Read our previous article on recent planning rejections:

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April 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

No tower for Battersea Power station, finally

Author: Cyril Richert

A few weeks ago the developers unveiled the news proposal for Battersea Power Station redevelopment after a plan including a 250 meter skyscraper was scrapped.

According to the article in the Evening Standard:

“The latest proposal for the £4 billion project shows a glass roof curving over Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II listed building, with a series of medium-rise blocks on either side.

Crucially for fans of the structure, its famous chimneys are to be left intact. In the previous, rejected design, a huge eco-chimney and an accompanying dome were meant to contain a wind turbine for energy and provide heating for the office blocks, making it carbon-neutral.

The developers have now redesigned the scheme with Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly as part of a public consultation by Wandsworth Council on the regeneration of the Nine Elms area.

Rob Tincknell, managing director of developer Treasury Holdings, told the magazine Building Design: “The site will be transformed into the first large-scale, urban, carbon-neutral development in the UK. It will provide around 13,000 jobs and 3,500 homes and a new six-acre riverside park with direct access to Battersea Park.”

The scheme has also received a cautious welcome from Save Britain’s Heritage. Secretary William Palin said: “The positive thing is the space in front of the power station – that’s important. But the curved roof looks incongruous – the wonderful thing about the power station is the angularity of it. I don’t think it complements the building.”

The development also includes extending the Northern Line to the site by 2015 – the first privately funded extension of the Tube.”

It is interesting to remember the comments made by Rob Tincknell before last project was rejected:  “it is either the go-ahead for the glass tower, or the power station may be doomed“. As I was writing back in February, apparently he has changed his mind and decided to compromise… and oh surprise, after all it was not impossible to make a project including medium-rise buildings, none of them exceeding the size of the chimneys of the Power station.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Morality: never believe developers!

April 27, 2009 at 9:59 am 1 comment


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