Hopefully many of you were able to get to the consultations/exhibition on the new scheme. Reactions from members seemed generally positive.
OPDC Local Plan
OPDC Planning Applications
Despite objections from us, the Council and most other consultees, the OPDC Committee have continued to approve schemes in Scrubs Lane, the latest being Mitre Bridge which is the site immediately on the left after the canal bridge going north. This involves a 19 storey tower and many of the units are being promoted on the basis of ‘build for rent’. Another scheme with another tall tower is being launched next week for the Nursery Site at the top end of Scrubs Lane. No-one knows at this stage what effect the Grenfell fire will have on the construction of these towers which all involve single escape staircases.
- Will the rules on Fire Precautions be drastically upgraded ?
- Will developers want to proceed with such towers ?
- Will people want to live in them?
We continue to challenge the very high densities proposed in the OPDC area which result in these tall towers. We hope that the latest lowered growth predictions by the GLA for London may enable some reductions.
We were concerned to learn in the Spring that the development was unlikely to proceed because of differences between the Council and the developers, King Street Developments.
The controversial scheme which has taken up a lot of our time this Spring has now been approved by the Council’s Planning Committee on a 4:2 vote after a long discussion. This is for the revised scheme of 22 storeys reduced from the original 28 storeys.
Members of your committee had a preliminary meeting with representatives of QPR and Thames Valley Harriers on 24th April to hear outline plans for incorporating a new stadium on this site.
QPR and Thames Valley Harriers are exploring the possibility of a partnership that would see a new football stadium and community athletics facility at the Linford Christie Stadium. The idea is still at a very early stage – no plans have yet been published – but QPR and TVH are engaging early with local schools, residents, charities and community groups to listen to their views about the area and whether it could be improved.