2 Sydenham Hill - Planning Application refused for development (Astra Palace)
Lewisham Planners have refused a planning application at 2 Sydenham Hill, the site of a hotel called the Astra Palace.
The refusal to grant the application is being challenged by the Applicant with The Planning Inspectorate.
The summary arguments of Lewisham Planning against this application included,
1 The proposed development, by reason of siting, and excessive scale and height, would appear as an overbearing form of development that would fail to respond sympathetically to the character of the surrounding area and the prominent corner location.
2 The proposed siting, height and scale of the development would serve to impact detrimentally upon the amenities of neighbouring occupiers by way of reduced outlook and increased sense of enclosure, contrary to Core Strategy Policy
A group of SHRNF members visited the site in late 2019. It was felt that the height, bulk and modern materials proposed were out of keeping with the sweep of low rise red brick flats built in a curve between three major roads, Sydenham Hill, Westwood Hill and Crystal Palace Parade which meet at this busy junction. The term ‘aggressive’ was used, a response similar to the ‘overbearing form of development’ used by the planners.
Concern was also expressed about the loss of light and privacy for the houses built to the rear of the proposed building, a subject again picked up by the planners.
Resulting from the visit Stephen Weil, SHRNF Secretary, sent a ten-point summary of SHRNF members’ views to the Planners. Lewisham included this statement as part of its evidence to The Planning Inspectorate.
Lewisham Council planning committee heard the application, Lewisham Application DC/20/115160, on Thursday 27th August at 1930. The planning officers report and Committee Decision can be found here >>>
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