You may well be aware of the planning application to knock down the building on the site mentioned above and replace it with a block of flats with a retail unit on the ground floor – see attached PDF for artist’s impressions of the block. Whilst the committee of CPNAG accept that the current building will almost certainly be replaced at some point, and we realise that our views are not necessarily those of everyone in this community, our position is that the current design being proposed is totally unacceptable for, and does not contribute aesthetically to the area. Please note that this is not a case of us being anti development – even modern ones, or of objecting for the sake of it, as we have been accused of recently, but of attempting to ensure that the solution that is eventually agreed upon is sympathetic to the best bits of the architecture around the pond, and to the pond itself.
Although the official deadline has passed for comments being submitted regarding this applicaion, comments are usually accepted up until a couple of days before the planning committee meeting, which means that those of you who may feel as we do, that the solution being currently proposed should not go ahead, still have an opportunity to make a difference to the final decision. If you do feel as we do, please do not assume that sufficient people have objected to this, as without enough disquiet with this proposal being expressed, the planning committee may pass this even if there are some questionable issues regarding it. If you are interested in writing, send your comments to
Regeneration and Planning Division
2 Hillman Street
London E8 1FB
The application is No 2011/0094 and can be found at this link
These documents: Millfields Road (Images), Pub loos – planning app obj letter Feb 2011, Public Loos – notes on application – Feb 11 have been prepared by a member of our committee and you are welcome to use the information in them to construct your own letter regarding this proposal. The first is the letter of objection that she wrote, and the second outlines some of the issues in more depth.