Woodgate Tower Development: Call-In Request

Letter to Sadiq Khan (08/07/24)

“Dear Sadiq,

RE: 100 Woodgate Drive, Streatham

Lambeth Planning Application: 22/00300/FUL

GLA Application Reference: 2022/0224/S1/01

I am writing to you regarding the planning application for 100 Woodgate Drive in Lambeth in my constituency of Streatham and Croydon North.

Many of my constituents have concerns over the bulk and massing of the proposed development, specifically the proposed four towers that they see as out of proportion with other buildings in the local area.

Residents living on Woodgate Drive, Glenister Park Road and Ellison Road have concerns relating to direct overlooking and overshadowing given the proposed height of the development.

I have concerns around the proposed design of the scheme, as it would appear that only one of the blocks will contain any affordable housing provision. The 2021 London Plan is quite clear that tenure integration should be maximised, therefore by having the affordable housing in a different block, it would be segregating those residents from those whose properties would be sold as private sales.

Furthermore, the proposal would see this block being constructed as single-aspect, which goes against Policy D6 of the London Plan, which states that single-aspect properties should be avoided.

Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission at its meeting on

19th March 2024 and it will now come back to you for consideration at the GLA once

the developer has concluded negotiations on the Section 106 Agreement.

Given the concerns outlined above, I ask if you could call in the application.

I look forward to reading your response on this important matter.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Reed MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham and Croydon North”

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Steve Reed is the Labour MP for Streatham and Croydon North and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.

 

Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.