Thursday, 18 March 2010

From Viva Vauxhall:

As you may have heard there is a planned proposal to build a 150m high tower in Vauxhall (Bondway Commercial site next to the bus station).

Letters have gone out to those who objected to the original planned proposal giving notice that the date for the planning decision by the Lambeth Planning Application Committee has now been set for 24 March.

The recommendation for this application is to 'Minded to Grant Permission'.

The proposed Octave Tower is yet another major high rise development to be granted planning permission before the end of the consultation period for the VNEB Opportunity Area Framework, which proposes clusters of tall buildings (benchmark 150 m) of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea area.

One has to suspect that despite the limited public consultation regarding the Octave Tower this is yet another foregone conclusion.

However, the Planning Application Committee meeting is open for anyone to attend. Objectors who wish to speak at the meeting can request to do so by contacting or 020 7926 2183 (Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW).

Speakers get three minutes to speak, if anyone feels that way inclined; it is also possible to propose a representative to speak on behalf of a group, who may get more time allocated to them.

But it's the people in the public gallery that can make a real difference by making their feelings known.

There is also still time to sign Viva Vauxhall's petition against the Octave Tower.