Battersea riverside plans divide community
Proposed development work on a riverside apartment block have divided its residents.
Freeholders of the Falcon Wharf in Battersea want to build eight new flats, two roof gardens, and a rooftop children’s play area on the site.
The building is owned by Falcon Wharf Freehold Limited, who will air their proposal at Wandsworth Town Hall tonight.
Many residents will attend in opposition to the plans, which they argue will block their view and bring unnecessary noise and disruption.
If the development goes ahead it means an extra floor will be built on the 16 storey block, along with a viewing platform, a bar area, and nine parking spaces.
Ray Walsh, 51, who has lived at Falcon Wharf for seven years, said: "From the current garden you can see all across London. It’s a great view.
"I don’t think the new roof garden will offer the same.
"I also feel sorry for people in flats whose current view will be blocked out by the extra storey."
The planning application has attracted a wave of comments online.
Out of 102 posts 52 people approved of the developments, with residents saying it will bring a great play area for their children.
They also say the current roof area is ugly and rarely used.
Ms Nasrin Najaf, who lives in the building, said: "I am one of the residents who lives with her family of children and grandchildren, and would be most affected by the planned works.
"I wholeheartedly approve of them because they will not cause any inconvenience to our living conditions.
"On the contrary, our kids will have a beautiful and safe environment for entertainment."
50 residents have expressed their opposition to the plans, with most of them being concerned about noise and disruption.
Some are also worried the extra floor will endanger Helicopter pilots landing on a nearby helipad.
John Dewhurst, said: "The addition of nine new apartments by addition of a 17th storey will bring about deterioration in the lift service and will reduce waiting times for lifts that are already heavily in demand."
The original planning application was submitted on May 28 last year, and work isn't expected to start for at least another year if plans go ahead.
Falcon Wharf Freehold Limited are expected to be charged around £230,000 as a community infrastructure levy should the plans get the go ahead.
The money goes into a council fund and will be used by the local government for developments within the borough.
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