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MAKING BASEMENT EXCAVATIONS SAFER WITH COMPULSORY CONTROLS

LATEST RIVERSIDE BASEMENT APPLICATION ATTRACTS CONTROVERSY

December 1, 2015
283 Lonsdale Road is a substantial proposed development overlooking the flood defence wall and the river, awaiting planning permission. Also known as ‘De Worde House’ it has been re-submitted with revised plans on several occasions and though the neighbour consultation period appears to have closed in fact residents can still post objections or observations to this highly controversial plan, which at the very least would seem to be trying to squeeze a quart of saleable real estate into a pint plot. We particularly draw your attention to the well informed objection by its immediate neighbours, no. 281 Lonsdale Rd, who believe they have uncovered some strange activities on behalf of the developers’ hydrology assessors.

The main consultation page is here: http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CASENO.aspx?strCASENO=15/2087/FUL&DocTypeID=51#docs
And the specific objection mentioned above is here: http://images.richmond.gov.uk/iam/IAMCache/1810326/1810326.pdf

Who we are

We are a group of residents in Barnes South West London who have become increasingly concerned about the dangers of basement excavations.
Over the last few years basement excavations have caused considerable damage to a large number of properties in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and many residents are alarmed by the increasing demand for basement extensions. We are not campaigning against basements as such but we believe that Richmond Council as a matter of urgency needs to put in place effective protection for neighbours and our environment.

Why we are campaigning

We believe that many of the problems that have arisen out of recent basement excavations have occurred as a result of inadequate knowledge of complex ground and groundwater conditions, combined with poor understanding of the effects of excavation. Our Council has recently issued guidelines suggesting tests to accompany any planning application for a basement but these tests are insufficient; they do not specify the level of expertise and qualifications require; and crucially THEY ARE NOT COMPULSORY.

Our neighbourhood - Barnes

Barnes is a river village with a predominantly Edwardian housing stock but also with many significant Georgian buildings along its river terrace. Historically many areas in and around Richmond have had problems with underground water and some parts were basically marshland, as shown in the 1837 Tithe Map of Barnes Parish. Because so many parts of the London Borough of Richmond are vulnerable to much increased and often uncontrolled excavation, protection is urgently required for all its residents.

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MORE ABOUT US

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CURRENT APPLICATIONS


21 Cedars Road (15/0795/DD01)

6 Cleveland Gardens (15/3199)
33 Melville Road (15/1754/DD01)
6 Glebe Road (15/2478)
42 Nassau Road (15/0325/DD02)
26 Melville Road (15/3597)
9 Vine Road (15/3605)
and
15 Ranelagh Avenue (15/2716) which has had its preliminary application refused under Permitted Development (thanks in large part to the high number of objections) but which will shortly be submitting a full planning application including a full-footprint basement.

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