Stop the Blocks in Kennington
We need you to write to your London Assembly Member please
Even if you have written already to your London Assembly Member, we still need you to please. The easiest way is to email or complete the online webform HERE calling upon the London Assembly Member and their colleagues in the London Assembly to:
1. Uphold London Assembly Member Sian Berry’s motion on sun and daylight and embed her revisions into the London Plan draft supplementary planning guidance which was passed by motion at the London Assembly Plenary meeting on 10 June 2021
2. Not to allow the current unrevised draft London Plan supplementary planning guidance to come into effect without alteration to improve and maintain current standards on sun and daylight.
3. Understand your first-hand experience and views of what the currently unrevised London Plan draft supplementary guidance could mean to your own personal living conditions and wellbeing.
You can find a sample letter which you can tailor below
Dear London Assembly Member Marina Ahmad (for Lambeth and Southwark)
Re: London Mayor’s proposed sun and daylight targets in the draft 'Good Quality Homes for all Londoners' (consulted October 2020)
I wish to add my voice calling for the London Mayor to amend his proposed targets in the draft 'Good Quality Homes for all Londoners' consultation draft with regards to section C5.3 ‘Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing’ , which will allow developers to reduce the daylight benchmark on existing properties from 27% to 13% Vertical Skylight Component (VSC), and will be an unacceptable harm to the health and wellbeing of existing communities. The guidance for sun and daylight will be applicable not only in our homes, but also for green spaces, gardens and parks.
My Own Experience
I am resident at…. [Please add your details] and also explain your own experience and concerns on this matter.
London Assembly Member Sian Berry’s Motion
On 10 June 2021 at the London Assembly plenary meeting, Sian Berry the leader of the Green Party had a motion approved challenging the London Mayor on his proposed targets for sun and daylight in our parks and in our homes. You can find more details here and in summary it called for:
The London Mayor to amends his London Plan draft supplementary guidance to include a requirement that London’s green spaces receive six hours of daylight on the two equinoxes each year and to retain the BRE guidance on daylight levels (Vertical Sky Component) at 27 per cent.”
Whilst the motion was passed, the Labour Group abstained from supporting the motion and explained that the reason was that they wish for it to referred to a committee. However, the explanation offered by an assembly member for the Labour Group abstaining on the motion we believe does not accurately reflect how the proposed guidelines will in actual fact cut daylight standards for existing resident’s homes.
Former Woodlands Nursing Home site
I understand that just prior to the London Assembly Member elections you came to visit the site of the Woodlands Nursing home with Councillors Jon Davies and Cllr David Amos. You are aware that in January 2021 the planning inspectorate dismissed the appeal by the developer (Lifestory Group) to construct 258 units on the 0.51ha site.
One of the many reasons that the planning inspector rejected the proposed scheme for the Woodlands site was for the unacceptable harms to the level of sun and daylight that existing and prospective new residents would experience in their homes. It is those very low target levels (i.e. 13% vertical sky component) that the London Mayor is proposing to reduce daylight standards in the draft of his new 'Good Quality Homes for all Londoners' policy guidance for developers. This specific issue and its negative unacceptable harms it was determined by the planning inspectorate would have outweighed any public benefits and this example was flagged to the policy team on 21 February 2021.
This policy element appears to have been produced by the daylight consultants Point 2 that the developer for Woodlands used and who were also employed in the controversial 8 Albert Embankment scheme which also went to a public inquiry. The proposed guidance if approved could lead to residents to suffer the low levels of sun and daylight which were vehemently challenged in both cases and backed up with evidence and scrutinised by the planning inspectorate.
We respectfully request that you not to allow the current unrevised draft London Plan supplementary guidance to come into effect without alteration to improve and maintain current standards on sun and daylight.
Please support Sian Berry's motion to ensure that the London Mayors amends his London Plan draft supplementary guidance to include a requirement that London’s green spaces receive six hours of daylight on the two equinoxes each year and to retain the BRE guidance on daylight levels (Vertical Sky Component) at 27 per cent.”
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of this matter.