Unauthorised temporary building must be removed say councillors

Published: Friday 23rd November 18

Property developers at a prominent building site in Balham have been ordered to remove an unauthorised structure that is encroaching on to the public highway or face prosecution.

Councillors at Wednesday night’s planning committee gave the green light to enforcement action being taken against the owners of the large development site at 3-5 Nightingale Lane.

While the site is being developed the owners have erected temporary buildings to house a marketing suite where they can showcase the retirement homes they are building.

The marketing suite spills out over the pavement and into the carriageway and does not have planning permission.

Councillors were told its presence at the edge of the site had “reduced the amount of space for pedestrians using the footway on this busy approach from Clapham South Underground Station and has encroached on the vehicular carriageway.

“This has necessitated the creation of a covered walkway built into the road to allow pedestrian access and has the knock-on effect of limiting space for vehicles on a stretch of road already subject to additional construction traffic."

The marketing suite has been built directly adjacent to some other temporary portacabins which are being legitimately used as site offices. These do not require planning permission and are allowed under permitted development rights. These also encroach onto the pavement but the council will now request that once the marketing suite has been removed, these temporary structures are moved so as to reduce their impact on the highway.

Planning chairman Cllr Will Sweet said: “While it is perfectly reasonable for the developer to have some offices on the edge of the construction site, there is no justification for having a marketing suite and no planning permission exists for this structure.

“As well as encroaching onto the pavement and road surface the appearance of this unauthorised marketing suite building is totally out of keeping with its neighbours.

“It is overtly modern and very prominent visually. Its look and design is quite at odds with the local area and with the period architecture of nearby buildings.

“And its presence is a real hindrance to pedestrians and road traffic. It needs to go and we will now be taking the relevant legal steps to ensure this is the case.”

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Recent comments

About time too! Why does it need a Planning Committee to get planning officers to do job they are paid to do in the first place? How did they miss this encroachment? Are they too busy fining local builders for neglecting to hang lights on their skips?
Sandy Muir

24 November 2018

About time too! Why does it need a Planning Committee to get planning officers to do job they are paid to do in the first place? How did they miss this encroachment? Are they too busy fining local builders for neglecting to hang lights on their skips?
Sandy Muir

24 November 2018

Am grateful that this decision has been made. We also need our bus shelter back which is so helpful for people who are using the underground and shopping nearby - the replacement bus stop further up the road is not providing the same service as its too far away from its original location.
Madeleine Bartley

23 November 2018

Glad that the Council has finally realised what a hazard this is on such a busy road and pavement.
Nicola Martin

23 November 2018

This developer has been pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour ever since they started work. They clearly have zero regard for the council, for planning laws or for passing pedestrians. Clearly only a massive fine will make them behave responsibly.
Charles C

23 November 2018