Amended plans were submitted in August. Sadly they seem to be taking away all the originally included commercial space and added on extra floors to compensate for more affordable housing, making the tower even higher.
The gas works is a very large site and we are disappointed that the local authority has not insisted on, nor have any of the developers introduced, a space for a children’s playground or an open run about area. The Society has written to the planners :
We are not happy with the ever increasing height of the individual buildings – 8/9 storey blocks and 31 + storey tower. Every time additional ‘affordable’ housing is proposed, the height of these buildings seems inevitably to be increased.
We would also like to see much more informal public open space in any development, including this, on the former Gasworks site. . Formally landscaped space between blocks of flats is not seen or used as ‘public’ space by local residents. The gas works is a very large site and we are deeply disappointed that the local authority has not insisted on, nor have any of the developers introduced, a space for a children’s playground or an open run about area.
We are very sorry to see that no serious amount of office/commercial provision is now provided for on the site. This is something that we originally welcomed as it gives added life to the area. Given the site’s good proximity to public transport, we feel strongly that such accommodation would be well taken up and we would encourage the developer to include a reasonable amount in the proposed plans.
We are also very concerned about the number of expensive flats being along the river.
Berkeley Homes and St Georges are very large affluent companies and it would be wonderful if they could set an example by providing a serious amount of affordable rented accommodation to be managed by a Housing Association.