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Breaking news: House collapses on The Terrace

Breaking news: House collapses on The Terrace

A house overlooking the river on Barnes Terrace which was had recently undergone a basement excavation has collapsed. The house was the subject of a major redevelopment which involved removing the roof. Full details of the planning application for the basement...

We’re not against basements, we just want them to be safer

Not surprisingly, in the aftermath of the building collapse at 26 the Terrace, rumours have been circulating about its cause(s). Whatever the cause, no-one at this time can know the answer to the complex questions that arise from the collapse until full facts and a...

Letter to Richmond Council , MPs and London Press

THE FOLLOWING EMAIL HAS BEEN SENT THIS MORNING TO RICHMOND COUNCIL, MPs AND LONDON PRESS Dear Councillors (& Zac Goldsmith MP) We do hope that our not having received any acknowledgement to our previous email relating to an investigation into the causes of the...

Who are the Safer Basements Group and what are our objectives?

First of all, it is important to say that we acknowledge that people have a right in principle to develop their homes by way of extension, outwards, above or below, and that the current UK law supports them (overwhelmingly) in so doing. Where there is dispute or doubt...

How basement digging misery affects neighbours

Since we launched the campaign we have received many emails from Barnes residents reporting the misery of living close to a basement dig. This particularly distressing message shows just how bad things can get. Basements in SW13 In the autumn of 2009 we received a...