The Vauxhall Society is to oppose a controversial planning application for extensions to one of Vauxhall’s few remaining buildings of historical significance.
Under the threat this time is the 18th century, Grade II listed Caron Place which is in the gated community of Regent’s Bridge Gardens, Vauxhall.
Once the home of the Beaufoys, a family of philanthropic distillers, Caron Place is the subject of a planning application to add an extra storey to the existing ground and first floors, and the erection of ground floor rear extension.
The committee of The Vauxhall Society unanimously voted to endorse an objection by the Regents Bridge Gardens Residents Association, an associate member of TVS.
The proposed extensions, the Regents Bridge Gardens residents say, would ruin the proportions of this historic by structure by building up two wings.
The planning application is by the owner, who has put Caron Place up for sale. TVS, which will put in a separate objection, charges that Lambeth Council’s planning committee tried to rush through the application.
Government changes to planning law now enshrine a sort of legal bribery, a ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ that rewards planning authorities such as Lambeth Council for each application they OK. It is therefore in local authorities’ narrow financial interest to discourage planning objections.
Lambeth, RBG residents say, sent out letters dated 22 December and arriving between Christmas and New Year notify them of the Caron Place planning application and asking for comment by 12 January.
After protests, the 12 January deadline was changed to 29 January. Lambeth Council did not consult The Vauxhall Society at all, although TVS is registered with Lambeth as the consultative body for the area.
Then, in a letter dated 27 January, Lambeth ‘Development Management’ informed TVS of the Caron Place application, with a new deadline for comment of 17 February.
At the time of writing, Lambeth have yet to put up a planning notice at the sites or to contact the six flats facing directly towards Caron Place.
Lambeth only acknowledges electronic comments so if you want to have a say on this planning application for the Grade II listed Caron Place please use the following link (15/07146/FUL) and leave your comment before the 17 February deadline.
(You can search for any Lambeth planning application here www.lambeth.gov.uk/planningdatabase)
You can find out more about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) here:
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