Planning for the Future: The Society’s View

The proposals in the White Paper attempt to simplify and clarify the planning system. The existing system has been adapted to the changed social, political and economic circumstances over the past 70+ years with mostly beneficial results. This has however resulted in what appears to be an over complicated process.

For a review of the White Paper from the Society’s Planning Group please see the Planning section of this website.

Planning for the Future: the London Forum’s Response

In August the Government published a White Paper entitled Planning for the Future, with consultation closed on 29 October. There have been thousands of responses from a range of national bodies, small societies, and individuals and the issue has had an airing in the national press.

If you just read one of the responses, our Planning Group suggest looking at that from The London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies (of which this Society is a member) which makes a most interesting read.

London Forum’s final response to the consultation on the Government’s Planning White Paper can be seen here.

A new tall building for the town centre

The planning application for a 20-storey tower was approved at the Planning Applications Committee meeting of 19 May. The site is immediately behind the Wandsworth Medical Centre on Garratt Lane, on the east bank of the Wandle opposite the recently completed Pocket Living building on Mapleton Crescent.

The Society objected to the application, submitted in 2017, principally as we considered the building to be too tall. We welcome the opening up of the riverside walk associated with the proposed development, but regret that this has come as the price of another tall building.

Consultation on North Wandsworth Masterplan

The council is preparing a masterplan for a large area of industrial land north of Armoury Way and along the Wandle Delta.

The masterplan will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to produce a guide to future development and investment. In order to better understand the wishes and priorities of locals the council are holding two information and feedback sessions. These sessions will be at:Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street, February 20, 5.30pm – 8.30pm ans in Southside Shopping Centre, next to Waitrose entrance, February 22, 10am -2pm.