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Planning and Development News: Raynes Park

By 8 June 2023June 21st, 2023No Comments

Last Updated on 21 June 2023

We have seen a number of planning applications from SW20 recently.

A major development is proposed for 579-589 Kingston Road.  This is the former Manuplastics site and is next to the new Dundonald Church building.  The plans would provide light industrial, self-storage and office use over ground floor plus five stories.  There are some positive aspects to the proposals but we have some reservations, particularly the proposed height.  We have sent our comments to the Planning Department, and you can read them here.

We have objected to yet another proposal to instal a 5G mast and associated cabinet array, this time at on Copse Hill near Atkinson Close.  The Council’s planning guidance makes clear that in sensitive areas they expect equipment to be buried in underground chambers.  Once again, we have suggested that the Council talks to all the 5G operators to agree where this equipment should be sited.  They have not taken up our suggestion, though they do seem to refuse most of the applications.  You can read our letter here.

We have commented on a proposal to demolish and redevelop 318 Worple Road.  This is opposite Sainsbury’s on the one-way system.  Our concerns include the height of the proposed new building, the siting of air source heat pumps, insufficient number of solar panels and access to the rear of the building.  You can read our letter here.
The northern part of Raynes Park includes some steep inclines and developments in this area can cause additional concerns because of the effect that excavations have on neighbouring properties, whilst the height difference between adjoining properties can create particular risks of overlooking or unsightly vistas.  We have objected to  proposals where these concerns were a feature.
Other planning applications we have objected to include:
 the addition of a further storey on an existing block of flats in Lansdowne Road on the grounds that it would adversely affect the streetscape and surrounding area.
 an application to fell a mature tree, of which the crown was described as 50% dead.  But as no arboricultural report was provided, it may be that the tree just needs pruning.