Very disappointing news

Graphite Square development given go-ahead by planning inspector.

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Jon, David and I were deeply disappointed to hear yesterday that the Government’s Planning Inspector has allowed the 14-storey 3-towers development at Graphite Square to proceed, despite its effect on local homes and businesses. This decision follows Lambeth Planning Committee twice turning down the plans last year, after hearing from local residents joined by their local ward Councillors.

The community united again to oppose the Appeal, and I joined brave residents and local businesses at the Inquiry last month to give evidence and again speak out about the negative impact loss of light to people’s homes would have on the wellbeing of many of our Vauxhall Gardens Estate neighbours, especially those living in Arne House. We are so sad the end result was not what we wanted, though whilst this will be small comfort for some, we can at least be proud of the community spirit we have displayed. A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this campaign, and special thanks to Chrys at Arne House who has been excellent galvanising local residents.

Cllr Joanne Simpson

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