Category Archive Campaign Action

Write to Sadiq Khan! ….Call in the 8 Albert Embankment Planning Committee Decision NOW

The decision by Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee to approve the U+I/LFB planning application (19/01304/FUL) for 8 Albert Embankment is hugely disappointing. 

It can still be STOPPED as the application can now be called in by the Mayor of London to REFUSE .

Please write to Sadiq Khan IMMEDIATELY as he will need to make a decision SOON and ask him to ‘call in’ the application and refuse it. (Email address and details to include in your message given below).

A couple of important London Plan reasons why he might REFUSE:

Loss of the KIBA (Key Industrial Business Area) sites which despite having the highest Lambeth Plan protection are being lost to corporate office space.

Lambeth had no Strategic Industrial Land (SIL) whatsoever

  • KIBA is the only land that Lambeth has for industry and this KIBA is very successful, but the 8 Albert Embankment sites have been deliberately kept empty, with no marketing.
  • The LFB has behaved like the worst kind of private sector developer to get a change of use and build residential towers in a conservation area.
  • Lambeth has lost more than 25% of all it’s KIBA in a decade
  • Lambeth has only one 1/3 of the average amount of industrial land of any London borough

 Underprovision of Affordable Housing on land the LFB have owned since 1937………. this site should be able to support 50% if the LFB where not greedily taking so many benefits out of it, including a capital receipt of @£42m as well as profit for their developer partner @£96m.

  • Only 8 social housing units will be built and more social housing will be blighted through losses of daylight than delivered
  • Profit of 6% is being taken on the affordable housing by the developer
  • Social housing tenants, will be paying the price for the LFB greed with levels of light that are so inadequate they are BRE ‘major adverse’, at only 15-17% VSC

Write in your own words and include the other issues that matter to you.

Contact details:  mayor@london.gov.uk   Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA  

CC the Assembly Members:

tony.arbour@london.gov.ukjennette.arnold@london.gov.ukandrew.boff@london.gov.ukgareth.bacon@london.gov.ukshaun.bailey@london.gov.uksian.berry@london.gov.uktom.copley@london.gov.ukunmesh.desai@london.gov.uktony.devenish@london.gov.ukandrew.dismore@london.gov.uklen.duvall@london.gov.uknicky.gavron@london.gov.uksusan.hall@london.gov.ukdavid.kurten@london.gov.ukjoanne.mccartney@london.gov.uksteve.o’connell@london.gov.ukcaroline.pidgeon@london.gov.ukkeith.prince@london.gov.ukcaroline.russell@london.gov.ukonkar.sahota@london.gov.uknavin.shah@london.gov.ukfiona.twycross@london.gov.ukpeter.whittle@london.gov.ukleonie.cooper@london.gov.uk

Please write immediately (cc lambethvillage@gmail.com) as Sadiq will make a decision in SOON and he must REFUSE.

Save the date – 16th October 2019 to hand in the petition to Lambeth Council Meeting

Yes save the date we will be handing in our amazing petition of over 2000 signatures to a full meeting of Lambeth Councillors on 16th October 2019, 6.30pm at Brixton Town Hall.

Join us, meet on the steps of the Old Town Hall and make a splash – wear yellow!

Sign the Petition – June 2019

Please use the link below to go to our petition, which has further information laying out why we are objecting to this planning application:

http://chng.it/nBgGFFCnsc

Many thanks for your support and if you want more information explore the website or contact Lambethvillage@gmail.com

Crash! goes Lambeth Planning Portal – June 2019

Lots and lots of people were trying to use the Lambeth Planning Portal last weekend to get their objections on before the deadline of Monday 3rd June and we had reports that it was very slow, then on Tuesday 4th June the site crashed.

The site came back up at the end of the week but as of today Sunday 9th June many comments are not yet loaded on the website.

What to do if you can’t see your objection on the Lambeth Planning Portal:

Please email your objection to all of the following mcassidy@lambeth.gov.uk, RBristow@lambeth.gov.uk, mpbennett@lambeth.gov.uk

What to do if you didn’t get your objection on the Lambeth Planning Portal:

The site is back up and running now, so you can load your objection on, but it may take a while to appear in the comments list – check in a week.

The link is:

https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=PPN0WTBO09600

Remember the broad themes of the objections are:

  • Object to the 24 & 26 storey towers, damaging historic area next to Lambeth Palace, removing the clear silhouette of the Fire Brigade HQwhich is protected by planning policy, and the green space Old Paradise Gardens (a gift from the Palace to the people of Lambeth since 1703)
  • Object to the loss of sun and day light, from social housing neighbours (40%) on the Whitgift Estate, Old Paradise Gardens all the way to the Garden Museum
  • Object to the excessively dense development, potentially 2500 people using the site, disruptive hotel use when there is already plenty on Albert Embankment, inadequate provision for deliveries, parking and traffic
  • Object to developer ignoring planning use policy, loss of industrial employment land (KIBA), damage to conservation areas, damage to amenities, there is specific policy against towers on the site to protect the heritage
  • Object to poor consultation exercise with the local community, a tick box exercise of exhibitions, no negotiation on the towers, no meaningful engagement with local community groups like the Whitgift Estate TRA

 

Now is the time to object! – May 2019

The 8 Albert Embankment planning application (19/01304/FUL & 19/01305/LB) is submitted and objections can now be lodged on the planning portal.  Please support us by making objections on the link below:

https://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=PPN0WTBO09600

Use your own words – in broad terms the objections are:

  • Object to the 24 & 26 storey towers, damaging historic area next to Lambeth Palace, removing the clear silhouette of the Fire Brigade HQwhich is protected by planning policy, and the green space Old Paradise Gardens (a gift from the Palace to the people of Lambeth since 1703)
  • Object to the loss of sun and day light, from social housing neighbours (40%) on the Whitgift Estate, Old Paradise Gardens all the way to the Garden Museum
  • Object to the excessively dense development, potentially 2500 people using the site, disruptive hotel use when there is already plenty on Albert Embankment, inadequate provision for deliveries, parking and traffic
  • Object to developer ignoring planning use policy, loss of industrial employment land (KIBA), damage to conservation areas, damage to amenities, there is specific policy against towers on the site to protect the heritage
  • Object to poor consultation exercise with the local community, a tick box exercise of exhibitions, no negotiation on the towers, no meaningful engagement with local community groups like the Whitgift Estate TRA

Contact Your Local Councillors – April 2019

Your Local Councillors to contact are:

Cllr David Amos – DAmos@lambeth.gov.uk

Cllr Jon Davies – JDavies4@lambeth.gov.uk

You can speak directly to them at a Councillor Surgery and these are:

on the first Saturday of the month, 10-11am in the Carmalita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London SE11 5JT

on 3rd Wednesday of the month at Durning Library 6-7pm.