Formula E granted planning permission for Battersea Park return

Published: Friday 26th February 16

Councillors have agreed to grant planning consent for this summer’s Formula E championship in Battersea Park.

The borough’s planning committee has awarded the organisers planning permission to stage a weekend of racing in the park on July 2 & 3.

Committee chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “This was decision made purely on planning grounds and in accordance with planning legislation.

“We had to satisfy ourselves that in planning terms alone this was a suitable and appropriate event for the park and having heard all the evidence and looked at this issue in great detail the committee agreed Formula E should be given consent to return this year.”

The decision clears the final hurdle for the electric racing car championships to again be staged in the park this summer.

Last year’s inaugural weekend of racing attracted more than 55,000 spectators – including 9,000 Wandsworth residents, and saw the final race won by Sam Bird from Roehampton.

The planning permission has a number of conditions attached which are designed to minimise disruption for local residents, especially from noise disturbance.

The construction arrangements for this year’s event have been amended to ensure that the impact on people’s everyday use and enjoyment of the park will be minimised and more areas of the park will be kept open for longer prior to the race weekend.

As was the case last year parking controls in the area around the park will be extended so that only residents are able to park. There will be no parking nearby for race fans who will again be advised to travel to the event by public transport.

Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We learned a great deal last year when Formula E first came to the park and we are working very closely with the organisers to make sure that these lessons are implemented for this year’s set-up and de-rig.

“Our two primary aims are to make sure the park does not suffer any undue damage and to keep disturbance to the absolute minimum in the period before the race weekend and immediately afterwards.

“During last year’s construction period thousands of people continued to visit the park. Schools continued to enjoy sports days, office workers continued to enjoy lunchtime picnics, families visited, people sunbathed and at least one couple got married in the park just a few days before the races were held. 

“We are confident that the important lessons we learned then will mean that this summer’s event is even better.

“It is also worth stressing that the dire warnings that some opponents of the event issued beforehand that the park would be devastated and ruined proved to be totally unfounded, as we knew they would be. However we are not in any way complacent and we will be very closely monitoring the build and de-rig phases extremely carefully to ensure the park is properly safeguarded again this year.”

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I AM NOT SHOUTING GARY, I SPEAK UP FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FLATS WITH NO BACKYARD EXCEPT BATTERSEA PARK! THE MAJORITY DO WANT THIS MINORITY SPORT IN THEIR PARK. PERSONALLY I DON'T OBJECT TO FORMULA E, BUT THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS LIKE XCEL. IT IS NOT AN ACCESSIBLE SPORT FOR KIDS WHO PLAY FOOTBALL, HOCKEY, TENNIS, RUN IN THE PARK BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ON A PEAK SUMMER WEEKEND - AGAIN! PEOPLE WHO IMPOSE SUCH A SPORT ON A LOCAL PARK ARE SELF CENTRED? THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE PARK, THEY JUST WANT THEIR RACE TRACK.
JOHN METFIELD

16 March 2016

John, you typify the classic Wandsworth nimby and THERE'S NO NEED TO SHOUT! I wonder what the people fleeing the Syria, Iraq etc. would make of your self centred view on the world given their plight. As you said the local elections will probably be the best barometer of what people really think. Presumably if the conservatives get in again you'll accept that perhaps yours wasn't the majority view of this event and move on.
Gary Brandon

16 March 2016

MAYBE GRAHAM CASSON WORKS FOR FORMULA E? HE NEEDS TO BE REMINDED THAT LOCALS WERE LOCKED OUT OF THEIR PARK ON A PEAK SUMMER WEEKEND FOR A MINORITY SPORT. PEOPLE IN THE PARK WHO WORK, SUCH AS TENNIS COACHES COULDN'T EARN THEIR LIVING, DOG MESS INCREASED AROUND THE STREETS(NOT CLEARED UP BY FORMULA E!) AS DOGS WERE ESSENTIALLY NOT ALLOWED IN WITH ZERO ACCESS TO DOG REFUSE FACILITIES WITHIN THE PARK. AND WHAT ABOUT THE 800 HGVS THAT WENT IN AND OUT OF THE PART BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT? FORMULA E DON'T CARE ABOUT BATTERSEA PARK- ITS NOT THAT OUR PARK WAS FIRST CHOICE, THEY WERE TURNED DOWN BY OTHER PARKS BEFORE BP! HOW MUCH IS WBC REALLY GETTING PAID HERE UNDER A CONFIDENTIALLITY AGREEMENT - £2MILLION + PER YEAR?? WE WILL FIND OUT!!
JOHN METFIELD

15 March 2016

This is park vandalism.On what mandate has this decision been made. We are told our Councillors are just like us.Wrong, these Councillors don't represent my values. How dare they treat London and an historic public park with such contempt.They are in a time warp & are completely out of sync with what proud Londoners cherish & respect about their city & public parks.There may/may not be any lasting damage & the park reverts back after a month but this is not the issue.It is fundamentally wrong to allow a high-speed car race in a public park.Do our Councillors also not know that F1 viewing figures have been dramatically on the decline for years.Cars going round & round in circles is hardly a cure too for obesity, diabetes or coronary disease.
Gill Allen

12 March 2016

John, I live in the area and am struggling to see what you're getting so worked up about. As far as I can tell the whole park isn't going to be closed. Was it really that bad last year? I suspect that for every person who objects there is one who doesn't or even actually wants the event to go ahead. You can't have a tantrum every time a decision doesn't go your way.
Graham Casson

10 March 2016

CRAIG - THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FLATS WHO CANNOT GO INTO THEIR PARK IN A PEAK SUMMER WEEKEND, WALK THEIR DOG, RUN, PLAY TENNIS, PICNIC ETC, HAVE THEIR CHILDRENS' SPORTSDAYS DISRUPTED, ZOO ANMIMALS MOVED - ALL FOR A SPORT MOST PEOPLE COULDN'T CARE ABOUT! THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS DECISION CERTAINLY DON'T LIVE IN THE AREA AND HAVE UNNECESSARILY IRRITATED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD NORMALLY NOT SPEAK OUT! THE LAST FE RACE WAS ON LONGBEACH IN THE US, MUCH MORE APT. THAN A GREEN VICTORIAN PARK. THEY HAVE BETTER OPTIONS LIKE XCEL IN LONDON. FORCING THIS ON BATTERSEA PARK WILL JUST INTENSIFY THE NEGATIVITY AROUND THIS EVENT. WBC NEED TO WORK FOR THEIR LOCALS FIRST NOT LARGE WALLET MOTOR FOLK! THERE ARE BETTER BACKYARDS!!
JOHN METFIELD

9 March 2016

John, calm down dear, there's no need to SHOUT and throw your toys out of the pram just because you can't get your own way. Perhaps the silent majority really couldn't give a toss about it. Open your mind and experience something different for a change. You might even enjoy it. People can change - you don't have to be a nimby for ever.
Craig

8 March 2016

THIS COUNCIL HAS BLATENTLY DISREGARDED THE SILENT MAJORITY AND ANNOYED ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO HOLD THE BALANCE OF POWER IN LOCAL AND GNERAL ELECTIONS (SAY 10-15000 FOLK). THIS IS ENOUGH TO TAKE OUT JANE ELLISON'S 5000 MAJORITY, COUNCILLOR COOK'S 1800 MAJORITY IN HIS WARD AND HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE MAYORAL ELECTION (REMEMBER BOJO IN PARK WITH AGAG?) MOST OF THESE VOTERS ARE TORY, BUT AS SOMEONE WHO VOTED TORY LAST TIME, I SAY LET'S VOTE LABOUR AND TAKE THEM OUT. THEY HAVE CAUSED US ALOT OF BOTHER FROM THIS, TIME WASTED AND COST. WE SHOULD VOTE KHAN TOO FOR MAYOR. THEN THEY MIGHT GET IT! REMEMBER THESE MATERIALISTIC MOTOR HEADS WERE TURNED DOWN BY 3 PARKS BEFORE WE GIVEN THIS BLOODY AWFUL HEADACHE!!
John Metfield

7 March 2016

Jonathan Cook says "“During last year’s construction period thousands of people continued to visit the park. Schools continued to enjoy sports days, office workers continued to enjoy lunchtime picnics, families visited, people sunbathed and at least one couple got married in the park just a few days before the races were held." he should continue, BUT many thousands of other's enjoyment of the park was marred for over three weeks. Chelsea residents were not allowed to complain and local residents' complaints were ignored. The race was tragic and silly and not exciting, it should be held on a race track or on the streets to trumpet it's green credentials. How much money was made? We already have over 600 paying events in the park.
Fiona Cunningham-Reid

1 March 2016

Seriously??! SO disappointed in the councils continued rewrite of 'in the best interests of' This is a public park though what with GO APE, Formula E One can just simply go run amuck and it is not so much about damage to nature and animal habitats it is the disservice this does for the Wandsworth community as a whole... Perhaps publish 'those in favour' and 'those against' and be transparent rather than what the councillors finally decided from the feedback received.
John McHugh

1 March 2016

Audit of Accounts 2014/15 From 13 July to 7 August 2015 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, any person interested may inspect and make copies of the accounts of Wandsworth Borough Council for the year ended 31 March 2015. So , in July 2016, we shall see what Formula E actually contributed in 2015. (Unless someone decides to COOK the books!)
Celia Blair

29 February 2016

I am delighted Formula E returns once again! This is a spectacular, exciting and fun event. For all those delicate, sensitive easily offended residents: perhaps you should consider using/descovering another park in the meantime and remember there are still 51 other weekends when there is no E car racing. London is an amazing city with so much more to offer than a habitual wander in a local park. So go on... have some fun... live a bit!
John Robert

29 February 2016

Wandsworth Council is no longer fit for purpose and those purportedly representing us appear to be blinded by the Formula E spin. They should hang their heads in shame at the danger they exposed the public to last year and I am genuinely terrified someone will get hurt while thousands of Londoners and their children jostle for space in the outdoors during peak summer within a dangerous construction site. Watching HGVs run over kerbs last year with prams and children on scooters was extremely alarming. Shame on you Wandsworth Council, time to vote you out but we have to deal with the situation and name and shame you all
K Early

28 February 2016

More Cook & bull from our beloved deputy leader he must be spinning round in circles of his own PR mistruths. When will he actually start telling the truth over this event?
Johnf

27 February 2016

As a local resident, and regular Park user, I did find the disruption caused by the event last year annoying, but on a wider view almost anything which makes alternatives to burning fossil fuels seem a bit exciting could be worthwhile in the long run.
Bob Barker

27 February 2016

Wandsworth Council still only choose to hear what they want to hear. I take it that the lessons learnt from Formula E last year will mean that this year I, along with others, can continue to walk my dog daily in the park in a safe manner and with clearly defined access to. Or will it be 4 weeks of walking my dog in a dangerous construction site and being left to feel unwelcome in the beautiful park I use every day. I cannot see how Wandsworth Council think that the 4 weeks of disruption experienced last year was minimal. I hope it doesn't take an accident for them to see sense. Or will accidents be avoided by closing the park completely for the 4 weeks!
Ruth Dangerfield

27 February 2016

Big LOL to Councillor Sweet, the planning committee's expert park user who was so easily satisfied other park users won't be unduly affected by the race set up as not many of them use the 'roads'. Dear Cllr Sweet, next sunny spring morning try having another look at the crowds of runners, cyclists, dog walkers, pram pushers etc fighting their way through the maze of bulldozers, concrete and steel that will soon be returning to Battersea Park. Good job.
Malcolm Black

27 February 2016

WBC Tories are completely wedded to Formula E the renewal has always been a done deal. Last Thursday's planning committee meeting was just another example of rubber stamping operation masquerading as due process. Voters will have their say, eventually.
Malcolm Black

27 February 2016

Sadly once again local residents sacrificed for money. Looking forward to seeing the local counsellors defeated at the election
Steve Worrall

27 February 2016

Sadly another forgone conclusion. Another example of the council apparently 'canvassing for opinion' as box ticking exercise and then just doing what it had planned to do anyway. Not that it seems many people were actually asked. Imagine how much more disruptive it would have been if the stated 60,000 spectators had actually turned up! I know which way I'm voting next time.
Alex Chamberlin

27 February 2016

In face of such strong opposition the smugness and complacency of Councillors McDermott and Cook are breathtaking.
John Collis

26 February 2016

Vote Tory - Get shat on. When will Wandsworth residents ever learn? If you don't want shat on, don't vote Tory!
Joe Cairns

26 February 2016

The council continue to promote this event as if the people of Battersea are for it, and they are not! This is a public park with many sporting facilities and a zoo, which will again require animals to be moved out of London for this event, and many sporting fixtures will once again be cancelled! The sooner this council is voted out the better, as they continue to ignore the wishes of the people of Battersea!! This is not A race track as Donnington Park, this is a people's park, this is Battersea Park!
Barrie Evans

26 February 2016

This is fantastic news. I live right by the park and the majority of us in my road agree this is great for the area! Roll on July
John Abernethy

26 February 2016

THESE SCUMBAG COUNCILLORS HAVE STUCK UP 2 FINGERS AT THE MAJORTIY OF RESIDENTS OF BATTERSEA WHO DO NOT WANT THIS MINORITY EVENT. THEY HAVE SACRIFICED OUR PARK FOR A LARGE WAD OF CASH FROM THE SPURIOUS PEOPLE BEHIND FORMULA E. WE KNOW WHERE THESE COUNCILLORS LIVE AND THIS EVENT WILL BE DISRUPTED. COOK IS PARTICULARLY ACCOUNTABLE AND WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND OF OUR ANGER AND DISGUST. WE WILL VOTE THESE COUNCILLORS OUT NEXT TIME. GOVINDIA BEWARE - THIS IS NOW WAR!
John Metfield

26 February 2016

There are hundreds of more suitable locations for such an event and I'm sure all 55,000 would enjoy just as much elsewhere. What are these councillors thinking? It's shameful that our taxes support their jobs...
Toby

26 February 2016

If would be poetic justice if Councillors McDERMOTT and COOK were voted out at the next opportunity, for their lead and hypocrisy in recklessly flouting overwhelming local opinion on this matter. It's not just for one more year, it's two !!
D. Spring

26 February 2016

As a frequent user of Battersea park I was disappointed last year to see so much of the park closed off so good to see measure to be implemented to limit this this year. What I also noticed was the vast amount of HGV vehicles being used for this event, I hope that this issue has also been addressed as it being a formula "E", having so many polluting vehicles in the park really defeats purpose of the "E".
Sam

26 February 2016

As a frequent user of Battersea park I was disappointed last year to see so much of the park closed off so good to see measure to be implemented to limit this this year. What I also noticed was the vast amount of HGV vehicles being used for this event, I hope that this issue has also been addressed as it being a formula "E", having so many polluting vehicles in the park really defeats purpose of the "E".
Sam

26 February 2016

Perhaps I should add that having experienced last year's noise, disruption, disclosures,deliveries and fumes, we will certainly make sure you do not remain complacent. Sports events were cancelled, and there was damage. Did you not know that FE pierced an irrigation system through not following the rules? Did you not read the correspondence from exasperated parks officials when the clear up failed to be completed on time? Did you see the letter asking FE what dangerous chemicals had been brought into the park? And how about the damaged Victorian-style railings? I can see complacency already setting in.
susan lofthouse

26 February 2016

Promises, promises, Cllr. Cook. As regards noise, we were already told at the Planning meeting that the helicopter noise is outside the Council's remit. and as for access, a look at the plans shows that the Park will be see from 5-95% of the park closed over the setting up and de-rig period. So again, those without gardens, the sick, the frail, the elderly, the children will suffer. But hey, what do we matter?
susan lofthouse

26 February 2016

Promises, promises, Cllr. Cook. As regards noise, we were already told at the Planning meeting that the helicopter noise is outside the Council's remit. and as for access, a look at the plans shows that the Park will be see from 5-95% of the park closed over the setting up and de-rig period. So again, those without gardens, the sick, the frail, the elderly, the children will suffer. But hey, what do we matter?
susan lofthouse

26 February 2016

Whar will the council receive from the oeganisers and how will the amount be used by the council. Perhaps to lower the high parking charges that families have to pay to use the park? I hope the ins and outs of the transaction will be shown on the wesite in the spirit of governmental transparancy.
a e van benschoten

26 February 2016

Great news, being a local resident I gladly welcome back Formula E. I just hope they ensure better H&S practices are in place when the construction of the facilities are taking place.
Andrew

26 February 2016

Only 10% of the park can be closed and the Council may have chosen to ignore this requirement but it is the law and if they decide to go ahead this proposal can be challenged.
Johnf

26 February 2016

Whilst it is a great shame that the planners, and the committee, chose to sweep aside the very many objections carefully written by Wandsworth residents, and caring organisations, they can be sure that the last words have not been spoken. There are substantial numbers of lovers of our Battersea Park who will keep a very close eye on the processes again this summer and who will report any breeches of contract and conditions. Once the year's WBC books are made public we may even get to know what price has been paid for its abuse.
Celia Blair

26 February 2016

Whilst it is a great shame that the planners, and the committee, chose to sweep aside the very many objections carefully written by Wandsworth residents, and caring organisations, they can be sure that the last words have not been spoken. There are substantial numbers of lovers of our Battersea Park who will keep a very close eye on the processes again this summer who will report any breeches of contract and conditions. Once the year's WBC books are made public we may even get to know what price has been paid for its abuse.
Celia Blair

26 February 2016