One week left to submit comments on Formula E planning application

Published: Thursday 21st January 16

Residents have one week left to register their views on the planning application that will determine proposals for the return of Formula E to Battersea Park next summer.

People have until January 28 to submit comments on the application.

All the comments will be taken into account by councillors on the planning applications committee when they meet to discuss the application later this Spring.

The application is for the installation of a temporary motor racing circuit on the existing perimeter road inside Battersea Park and the installation of temporary infrastructure including safety barriers and fencing and provision of temporary structures associated with the event operations, hospitality, broadcast and technical systems.

If approved two races would be held over the weekend of July 2 & 3. The event set-up would begin on June 16 with dismantling and reinstatement to be completed by July 12.

For more information about the application visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning keying in reference number 2015/7363.

Comments can be submitted by email to planning@wandsworth.gov.uk or by post to The Borough Planner, Wandsworth Town Hall, London SW18 2PU.

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Recent comments

I strongly object to this proposal. This is a wholly inappropriate use of a public park.To effectively close the park and deny its use to thousands of people for the best part of a month cannot be right. The proposal includes permanent alterations to the park involving changing green spaces to tarmac with all the effects on the amenities, trees and wildlife, this is not 'GREEN'. There will be noise, pollution and upheaval all for an event lasting just a couple of days. Is this the way to treat a public park lovingly restored with the help of National Lottery funds?
Brian Read

27 January 2016

I strongly object to this proposal. This is a wholly inappropriate use of a public park.To effectively close the park and deny its use to thousands of people for the best part of a month cannot be right. The proposal includes permanent alterations to the park involving changing green spaces to tarmac with all the effects on the amenities, trees and wildlife, this is not 'GREEN'. There will be noise, pollution and upheaval all for an event lasting just a couple of days. Is this the way to treat a public park lovingly restored with the help of National Lottery funds?
Brian Read

27 January 2016

Not sure what the Council does with these comments, but they haven't been taken on board. Sad but true. Probably better to put them straight up there by going to their link: planning@wandsworth.gov.uk or to http://is.gd/fe2016 which is even quicker.
susan lofthouse

26 January 2016

Anyone who is about to think writing "NIMBY" is good enough should take time to read Mr. Littlewood's carefully researched and cogently argued objections - a paper of 53 pages that went online today (26 January). I hope the planners and councillors on the committee will show proper professional attention to the points raised by such carefully considered issues. Respect.
Celia Blair

26 January 2016

Great event and my little boy Archie (6yrs) loved it. Better visibility would be the only comment from last year - remove the advertising hoardings from "eye line" and get them higher of lower so we can see cars coming round bends etc Be good to have speakers all the way round so everyone can hear the commentary - last year you guys ran out of head sets so quite a lot of us where left without them and not enough speakers to know what was happening! BUT it was a great sunny day and absolutely fabulous fun. I'm also a dog walker and I think perhaps the outer perimeter of the whole park could have been left accessible for us all this year. Be good to see what the extra money made for Battersea Park was spent on ?
S-J Heany

25 January 2016

I don't know how many times I have to fill these comments forms in have done it twice before and this is the third time it shows you how disorganised this council is. I will comment for a third time keep your hands off of battersea park WANDSWORTH COUNCIL it's a park do you know what a park is it's for people children animals not racing cars. listen to the people of battersea and wandsworth they are your employer's listen to them or take the consequences in the ballot box.
LEN JAMES

24 January 2016

Agree with Jann Parry. We are invited to comment but is there any reason to think that WBC Tory councillors on the planning committee will take any more notice of objections to the planning application than they did of the thousands of objections (via its OWN survey) to renewal of the Formula E contract? And how can those same Tory councillors pretend to exercise independent judgment on this matter when they have already voted in favour of the contract renewal? What a farce.
Rob Hopkins

23 January 2016

I strongly object to Formula E in Battersea Park. This is a public park used by many people each day, especially in the summer and is also a pleasant walk through to other parts of the borough. Money from the Lottery improved and made good the park after the funfair had been removed. The park should be used purely as a park for local residents and visitors. Formula E would cause much disruption to surrounding roads, residents would not be able to use the park for perhaps 3 weeks and would have the park's facilities taken away from them. We pay Council Tax for the upkeep, maintenance and use of the park by local residents and it should be open to us for 365 days a year. I hope that Formula E never comes to Battersea Park again.
Wendy Simpson-Brown

23 January 2016

I strongly support this event, as a positive contribution towards the development of environmentally effective vehicles. I regard the NIMBYism displayed by others over this temporary event predictable but disappointing. As a daily user of the Park and local resident I consider the Council are duty bound to seek commercial advantage during these straightened times and I wish to encourage their considered efforts where care has been applied to the concerns of other users.
Edward Clack

23 January 2016

If this proposal is granted, would the WBC accept any future proposal by any other entrepreneurs to set up some other project in what is the Publics Park ? Whose signature will ultimately approve or disapprove this unwanted intrusion upon the over stressed electorate. NAME OR NAMES PLEASE.
John

23 January 2016

Is there any point in registering objections to Formula E continuing to misuse Battersea Park as a racing circuit when councillors clearly paid no attention to well-argued objections put forward by concerned local organisations in November? It seems that minds were made up long ago in a done deal with Formula E. This 'consultation' exercise will have no effect on the council's determination to accommodate Formula E.
Jann Parry

23 January 2016

I am against the proposal owing to: Negative effect on traffic and parking Disturbance Serious negative Impact on the local environment proposed use is unsuitable
Jose Goncalves

23 January 2016

I am against this proposal. Battersea Park is not a suitable venue. I cannot see any benefits for park users or residents and it causes disruption and inconvenience.
L

23 January 2016

Show environmental sustainability & move the event to Brands Hatch or Silverstone, then inter-disperse the live TV coverage with beautiful images of iconic London, its famous & internationally revered parks & the surrounding English countryside and explain to viewers & fans why you have had a change of heart & moved locations because you want to lead by example & protect these places & help reduce air pollution & the event's carbon footprint.The beautiful images will help boost one of the moot points of tourism as opposed to shooting through the leaf canopy of Battersea Park.
Gill Allen

23 January 2016

I'm very supportive of the event, and hope it becomes an annual event for the borough.
Jason Adams

23 January 2016

Alexander there are thousands of people who wish to use the park during those four weeks whose enjoyment of the park is impacted. It is after all a public park and to close it for five days days is ridiculous and as you say selfish. Battersea Park is not a racetrack it is for all to enjoy show some maturity and realise that. WBC refuse to tell us what money is involved and after the debacle of their consultation why should we trust them to do what is right for this public asset. It is incredibly selfish to impose this event on all park users time to go to ExCel who actually want it. I am all for progress but not at the cost of what little green space we have left in London.
Johnf

23 January 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our day there which evoked memories of Crystal Palace Park over forty years ago. I very much hope it will become an annual event bringing some colour and glamour to Battersea.
Paul

23 January 2016

Me and my partner support it 100%. People hate changes and are by nature selfish - and that is totally understandable, but the benefits that the Formula E even brings to the park should be considered, the fact that the park is closed for a week during the year should be weighted against the income received for it, which is then re-invested in the park to make it nicer and better. I'm readying the comments, and people complain about the noise and mess left in the park? seriously? that is not at all what I experienced; it also puts Battersea Park in the map so some people should grow up and stop being so selfish.
Alexander

23 January 2016

No!!! Pleas do not proceed with this event. It causes too much congestion and too many restrictions to the use of the Park before, during, and after the event.
Daisy Waugh

23 January 2016

Given the impact on the park and facilities for a 2-3 week period I am not in favour of hosting formula E races in Bettersea Park. In the middle of the Summer the park should be fully available for the local community.
Jeremy Sargent

23 January 2016

I agree with what seems to be a 80-90% majority against this racing event. This event is completely at odds with what a park is about, i.e. a haven of peace and tranquility. Wandsworth Council, you have really lost your head on that one. Please don't persist in pretending to misunderstand what is a clear majority against this event.
Clement Cruse

22 January 2016

We enjoyed the last event, did not disrupt our lives and we could visit the park without much difficulty except on 3 days. The benefit to the area was considerable,highligthing the benefits of Battersea. Local people seemed to enjoy it ,all except for those who objected of course. The financial benefit helped to enhance the Park at the end of it. We did not feel the helicopter was an intrusion. The financial benefit to the Park and other businesses will be even more Felt this time round. If approved.
Hugh Dutton

22 January 2016

re: formula E racing in Battersea Park planning application. I object most strongly to this activity in the Park. The event in 2015 meant use of the park was extremely limited not only for the race itself but also during the run-up and dismantling afterwards - 3 weeks. It appears that more of the 'green' areas will be turned into tarmacced highway resulting in more destruction of the park itself. Please - no further works of this nature if indeed the racing is to go ahead, as seems to be the case, despite the views of many people living in the immediate area.
Felicity Gil

22 January 2016

The noise and disruption this causes to the local residents is unacceptable. Apart from the majority of the park being out of action for the best part of a month. The extra traffic in surrounding areas and the noise of the helicopter over quite a large area for the whole weekend. My grandson is sensitive to sound and the helicopter kept him indoors on this summer weekend.
Barbara White

22 January 2016

This is not a good idea. The amount of money provided by the organisers is not nearly enough to compensate for taking over the park. For at least three weeks at the nicest time of year, access to the park is restricted. The park is meant to be there for Londoners to escape from just what you have introduced - crowds, traffic and noise. It is difficult to imagine a less suitable activity. Last year the noise level outside the park was seriossly unpleasant when the helicopters were overhead. Please reconsider.
David Zambra

22 January 2016

I believe that the race brings many to the borough of Wandsworth and helps local traders in the area. Overall a benefit to most.
Raywillsher

22 January 2016

WBC planners must read and respond to the hundreds of objection comments. This must NOT go through "on the nod" because of agreements many people think have been made behind closed doors.
Celia Blair

22 January 2016

Battersea Park is a public park, and a fine one too and largely paid for by Wandsworth residents. It is outrageous that we should not be able to use the park simply because of a race, regardless of any financial considerations. Last year this exclusion even covered the after the races.
Michael Stevens

22 January 2016

I think it's a great idea for this to happen again, Londoners don't get many opportunities for such events in their home city! Plus it's temporary anyways!
Mahmood

22 January 2016

It appears to me, as an Architect, Urban Designer and Landscape Designer, that it is totally perverse to situate what is essentially a very Urban activity into what is a very valuable (and quite rare) green space , one that was always intended to be a contrast to the far more insalubrious and inferior living conditions of a big City such as London. It would be much more sensible (and probably profitable) to situate an activity such as this (using Singapore and Monte Carlo as examples) around, say, the Wandsworth gyratory system, perhaps using Wandsworth Town Hall as a base centre. Why incidentally does this site use American spell checking?
Peter Deakins FRIBA CldUcl

22 January 2016

Will you actually take any notice of what local people say about the impact of this event and the four week construction & take down disruption when the park is most in demand? The event is in contravention of nearly every relevant planning policy in the Local Plan and National Planning Guidelines which make use for all, enjoyment and protection of public spaces paramount. There are other places where this event can be held that are far more appropriate where tarmac does not have to be laid to create a circuit.
JohnF

22 January 2016

Just what are we commenting on? Seems FE/WBC have been changing the details midstream. Suggest the "consultation" period should be extended.
susan lofthouse

21 January 2016