Quote:the regenerative effects of the proposal, the high architectural and urban design quality of the appeals scheme and social and economic benefits associated with the mix of uses proposed - especially those arising from the proposed health care and affordable housing elements. These benefits could be secured without harming the amenity of Archbishop's Park. (§16.2)
Quote:I am satisfied that a row of Plane trees growing close to the northern boundary of the park could be safeguarded by measures which both main parties agree upon in principle and which could be secured by planning conditions. I am also satisfied that the positions of buildings on the southern part of the site would not inevitably result in pressure for the pruning or removal of protected trees. Any such proposals would, of course, be subject to controls exercisable by the planning authority under the provisions of the Tree Preservation Order. (§15.47)
Quote:With regard to the effect of the development proposed on the contribution made by Archbishop's Park to the conservation area, I do not consider that buildings proposed to be sited on the southern part of the site would detract from the park's essentially open character or pleasing appearance. (§15.46)
Quote:The appeal scheme, although consisting of buildings of dramatically different heights and proportions, shows a consistency of design and detailing that would engender a strong sense of place. The concept of an entirely new neighbourhood set within, but not apart from, an area with a well-established character of its own would be powerfully conveyed by the design and layout of its buildings. The two tower buildings proposed would be attractive features in themselves and would convey a unique identity to the development. The lower elements of the scheme include, in their design and detail, references to the taller buildings. These serve as a unifying influence throughout the scheme. (§15.28)
the appeal site is, in my opinion, capable of accommodating buildings of the number, size and scale proposed. The layout proposed, placing lower buildings on the southern part of the site, is responsive to the essential open character of Archbishop's Park. (§15.30)
Quote:Although the development proposed would result in the loss of buildings that presently make a positive contribution to the special interest of the conservation area, that loss is outweighed by benefits the scheme would bring to the area. (§16.2)
Quote:The residential accommodation proposed would be of a standard compatible with the urban location of the appeal site and, insofar as it is a planning consideration, would be likely to meet the needs of existing residents who have an entitlement to be re-housed. (§16.3)
Quote:the appeal scheme would provide new and additional housing at a density that would make effective and efficient use of previously developed land in an urban location highly accessible by public transport. The housing element of the proposal would provide affordable housing of a percentage in line with strategic and local planning objectives for London. Importantly, it would provide additional housing for key workers employed within the National Health Service. (§16.1)
Sir Terry Farrell wrote:This is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to Lambeth's regeneration, with the creation of a new urban quarter for the well-being of staff, patients and their families at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. I also believe that we will enhance the environment for the wider district as this is a model mixed-use scheme, with much needed social and private housing alongside a variety of medical and community facilities.
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