A planning application which had recieved over 200 lodged objections from the local Battersea community has been given the green light to be built by the local authority.
Builders Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) applied to build the tower block and also Harris Academy a new sports hall but there was an outcry of objections from local residents.It seems there were only three letters actually supporting the build. The main concerns seem to have been the height ( 14 storeys) and the increased lack of privacy from buildings being overlooked by the new build.
It was also noted that the tower was not in keeping with the low-rise character of the area.
Member of the Planning Applications Committee Councillor Jeremy Ambache said that there was a “good debate” about the application which ended with five for and two against.
He said: “It’s not on party lines but the conservatives were convinced. I’m really disappointed because I wasn’t.”
Cllr Ambache went on to say that residents were being “overshadowed and overlooked” as a result of the application approval.
There were three letters of support for the proposal, all of which highlighted the benefits of the school gym.
One resident said: “My brother attends Harris Academy and I feel the new gym would be a great addition to the school and their children.
“The school has really improved over recent years and I feel this will help them to continue to their success.”
The two others were parents of pupils at Harris Academy and thought the gym would encourage students to engage in more sports.
Councillor Simon Hogg has described the decision as “the most one-sided major planning issue” he had seen in his ward.
He said: “I’m very disappointed by this decision. More than 200 local people objected but their voices were ignored. I’ve not heard from one local person in favour of building this tower block.”
“There are currently 25 tower blocks of 12 storeys or higher being built in our borough. One is going to be 58 storeys tall! The council has stopped listening to local people.”
Some residents tweeted the leader of Wandsworth Labour to voice their displeasure with the decision.