Stop the Blocks Community Action Group comprises of concerned local residents, groups and associations who want the area to continue to grow and thrive, but we are seeking a more proportionate and sustainable development for all Londoners which includes future residents of the area.
Poor quality communal and play space amenity
One of the reasons for refusal for the developer's proposed scheme that Lambeth Planning authority (Lambeth) will be arguing at the public inquiry (commencing on 17 November 2020) will be the poor quality communal and play space amenity of the proposed scheme. Lambeth is arguing that the proposed layout and design of communal amenity and play space is inadequate in terms of its quality, safety and usability which in turn would result in a poor quality residential environment for future occupiers of the development.
Lambeth's main evidence to the inquiry is in a evidence document produced by Doug Black of Lambeth Planning Authority which can be found on pages 36-50 here and was summarised in one paragraph on page 3 of a supporting summary document here. In an excerpt on page 3 of Doug Black's summary proof of evidence it states:
Two thirds of the limited space around the buildings is proposed as a publicly accessible route to the Cinema Museum which residents are also expected to use for their day-to-day communal amenity and play. This public route is unnecessary and public access through the site diminishes its ability to adequately serve the needs of the c.460 future occupiers of which 50 will be children. The public realm focused design approach is flawed and not with the best interest of future residents in mind
The developer's main evidence to the inquiry can be found here and their full suite of documents on the matter are available to view below.