On 28 February some 60 members of the Society were addressed by Wayne Bellamy, Station Manager of the Thames Lifeboat Station at Chiswick. A recording of this fascinating talk can be viewed here.
The Society has submitted a response to the process associated with a proposal for a 38 storey building at the southern end of Battersea Bridge. This is a massive concept which contravenes planning policy on building height.
Following the statutory process of consultation and publication of a draft, and further amendments, the latest Local Plan setting out the vision and guide to development of the borough, has been adopted. The full plan, with nearly 500 pages of policies and clear maps, can be viewed here: https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localplan
As a change from our regular hall based meetings, John Dawson, aided by representatives of both the South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust and the housing developer, led a walk around the part-completed Springfield Village development. This is evolving gradually from the site of the former hospital buildings and the old London Golf Centre. The hospital is making a £150m investment which will sit at the centre of the site surrounded by new build housing, converted historic hospital buildings and a 32 acre park which is already open, in part, to the public.