A developer will have to hire a caretaker to wait for rubbish lorries each week in Balham, as the path from the road to the housing site is too long for collectors to walk down. 

Thornsett will be building eight homes on land behind 88 Thurleigh Road in Balham but the access road is longer than the council's recommended distance for refuse collectors.

Richard Carroll is one of several residents living in or near Thurleigh Road, who believe the application to build eight houses on vacant land has been passed "unlawfully" by Wandsworth Council.

He fears his cottage could fall into a pit as building work takes place metres from his home.

He claims the homes were approved in 2014 on the basis of old planning documents, which shows his home, in the former Beecholme Tennis Club, before it was extended.

The group also claims the houses will only have enough bins for eight flats, and the access road is too narrow for fire engines and the trucks needed to transport building material.

A spokesman for the council said: "There have been a number of residential permissions granted over the years for this vacant brownfield site. This latest one is for attractive, well designed and much-needed family sized homes.

"Some neighbouring residents have objected to all the various plans for this site, and while their views have always been very carefully considered and taken into account, at the end of the day councillors from both the main parties agreed that this was a suitable use for this land and voted to approve the application."

Mr Carroll believes his property will be left at risk when digging the basements for the eight terraced properties begins.




On Wednesday, February 24, Wandsworth’s planning committee approved the final part of the application, for refuse storage.

Initially, it was intended that two bins, of 1,280 litres each, would be placed next to number 88 in the access road but this has been altered, with bins now on part of the site too far away for council refuse collectors to walk to.

Papers seen by the councillors at the latest meeting proposed hiring a caretaker to wait for the rubbish lorries to arrive before moving the large bins to the end of the access road for refuse collectors to deal with.

As well as two 1280l bins, each property will have one 90l bin providing 780l extra storage.