Berkeley Homes – new planning application for depots on Sopwith Way. Deadline for objections 14 February 2017

Berkeley Homes have submitted another planning application to use the railway arches on Sopwith Way for storage of materials in relation to VISTA project. Berkeley Homes first started using these arches, without planning permission or consultation with residents, in April 2016. Following a 9 month battle with residents, they eventually withdrew their planning application after it became clear that council officers would not support the application. However Mr Travis Crawford, Development Director for Berkeley Homes VISTA, continued to use the depots despite a council order to stop use and clear all materials by 11th November and misled the council about this.

Finally, following further resident complaints and the personal attendance of a council planning enforcement officer on 21st December 2016, the depots were finally cleared of all Berkeley Homes materials.

However, Berkeley Homes now wish to start the whole process again. They have submitted a new planning application to Wandsworth Borough Council (ref 2016/7213).
Residents have until 14 FEBRUARY 2017 to make their views know to the council regarding this planning application, which will involve the use of heavy diesel engined forklift trucks which make a noise similar to a tank, complete  with reversing sirens, as well as considerable air pollution.

Read the planning application and make comments here

Yet again, Berkeley Homes have shown complete disregard for residents’ quality of life at Chelsea Bridge Wharf. As well as submitting a new planning application they have been using forklift tricks along Sopwith Way at speeds exceeding 20mph in a  5mph zone, apparently storing VISTA construction materials in Chelsea Bridge  Wharf car parks. Sopwith Way is a narrow service road used by pedestrians and dog walkers as well as a lot of (often speeding) traffic for Battersea Power Station, following Berkeley Homes’ decision to allow HGV access along this road without consulting residents. Berkeley Homes has also shown repeatedly that they are unable or unwilling to control the behaviour of their contractors (Elliot Thomas Logistics and others) and the traffic for VISTA site.

Don’t allow Berkeley Homes to destroy residents’ quality of life – have your say on the planning application as soon as possible.