Lambeth Planning Authority has published documents (all included below) which sets out why they were likely to refuse the Lifestory/Anthology planning scheme for the former Woodlands Nursing home site. These documents also indicate how they will challenge the developer's appeal at a public inquiry (provisionally scheduled to take place from 17 November 2020 and to last 7 days).
For your convenience the five key documents are accessible below. If you are in rush we recommend you look at pages 2 to 5 of the case officer's report which gives the 13 indicative reasons for a refusal.
The report examines the planning application and provides more details as to why the case officer would have recommended a refusal of the planning application.
Sets out to the background to the planning application, why Lambeth Planning Authority were likely to refuse the planning application with 13 indicative reasons for refusal
A suggestion of the areas where Lambeth Planning Authority believes it could agree with the developer on the scheme and the areas they may disagree.
This document addresses the planning obligations sought by the Council in association with
the appeal scheme.
This sets out Lambeth Planning Authority's suggested planning conditions should the Lifestory/Anthology's appeal be allowed.
On 24 July 2019, Lambeth Planning received an application for the redevelopment of the Woodlands nursing home site which included:
An appeal against non-determination by Lambeth Planning was submitted by the developer in March 2020. The appeal (ref. APP/N5660/W/20/3248960) is currently listed to be dealt with by way of Public Inquiry which has been scheduled to take place on the 17th November 2020.
In circumstances where there is an appeal against non-determination, the local planning authority loses the power to determine the application.
Lambeth Planning has published a report which sets out the local planning authority’s assessment of the planning application and its recommendations had it still been empowered to determine the application.
The reports highlights that had the local planning authority been empowered to determine the application, planning permission would have been refused. Those grounds for refusal informs the local planning authority's position on the appeal. The report also says that in light of the report and its reasons for refusal, "conditions and planning obligations be negotiated during the course of the appeal in order to meet the requirements of the planning inspector."
The report and its recommendations provide the basis on which the local planning authority will support its case at the appeal.
Indicative reasons for Refusal
These are the headline summaries of the reasons for refusal, from Lambeth Planning Authority's delegated case officer report (published 25 June 2020). A summary of these reasons are in pages 2-5 of the case officers report. There is also more detail within that report.
1.Inadequate Affordable Housing Tenure Mix
2.Affordability of Intermediate Shared Ownership
3.Inadequate Residential Unit Size Mix
4.Inappropriate Design and Unacceptable Impact on Townscape
5.Unjustified harmful impacts on the setting of heritage assets and insufficient public benefits
6. Adverse Impact on Existing Residential Amenities (Daylight Effects to Habitable Rooms and Sunlight Amenity Effects to Gardens)
7. Inadequate Residential Amenity For Future Occupiers Of Development
8. Poor Quality Communal and Playspace Amenity
9. Flood Risk Safety
10. Inadequate Residential Cycle Parking Design
11.Failure to Maximise Renewable Energy Opportunities
13. Inadequate Information
Should this matter go to a public inquiry it has been scheduled to take place from 17 November 2020. We will keep you updated.