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EC Properties LP (EC Properties LP) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 320
Policy CL7 part a. and supporting text paragraph 34.3.59 Policy CL7 a. and the supporting paragraph 34.3.59 highlight that no basement should exceed 75% of the garden of a property. Where findings of the analysis of surface water conditions of the site demonstrate surface water will not be maintained, the percentage is proposed to be reduced. Para 9.8.3 of the Alan Baxter Associates background report states that where a new basement is built, water falling on the topsoil needs to be channelle
Ladbroke Association (Sophia L… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 351
4. We note with some disappointment that it is proposed to reduce the current requirement on the percentage of garden that may be used for basement construction by only 10 percentage points, from 85% to 75%. We think that this is not enough. We note that 75% was the "rule of thumb" figure suggested by the Baxter Report in terms of drainage. But the Report recognises that on clay, widespread in the borough, as little as 50%, may be appropriate. We are not convinced by the argument in Appendix B.8
Dovehouse Street Residents' As… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 167
Our principal comment is that while most of the proposed changes to previous policy are welcome, the suggested maximum limit of 75% of a garden for the extent to which a basement should be allowed to beconstructed under it (Policy reference CL7 a, Text reference 34.3.59) is in the opinion of our residents too high. A figure of 50% would in our view be more than generous, regardless of soil type. This view is based on both drainage considerations and planting/tree root considerations. Whatever ma
ARK (Rupert Carruthers) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 310
Under paragraph 34.3.59 of the supporting text the draft policy proposes to restrict development to 75% of the garden area. Our comments are as follows: - Alan Baxter & Associates argue that the extent of any basement covering a maximum of 75% of the garden area is an optimal figure. We feel that it should be possible to increase this figure (certainly to the previously allowed maximum of 85%) in instances where significantly improved sustainable urban drainage methods are proposed.
Albyns Limited (Albyns Limited) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 239
- The restrictions in relation to the depth and percentage of area of the basement would not enable occupier objectives and requirements to be met. When evidence from Hydrological Surveyors and Ground Water Surveyors supports the ability to achieve a larger basement area then these should be approved. There is a very limited visual impact given the nature of the development below ground and it would be unreasonable to impose the single storey limit. Paragraph 154 of the NPPF sets out that "Loca
Shrimplin Brown (Robert Shrimplin) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 263
1. The justification for increasing this from the current target of 85% is to be found in the supporting Alan Baxter Report. However, this report simply says that the 75% is a "rule of thumb" (paragraph 9.8.3). No evidence is presented to justify this approach or that the current target is inappropriate or has led to any problems. 2. Similarly there is no justification for why the unaffected garden must be in a single area. 3. Moreover, the policy states that where an analysis of surface water
The Royal Brompton and Harefie… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 248
1) Revision: Policy CL7 part a. and supporting text Para 34.3.59 • Further explanation and details of the type of surface water conditions which could further limit the amount of basement excavation allowed should be provided, in addition to an explanation of how the reduction in basement coverage is subsequently calculated. • We suggest the following revisions to the policy wording: 'a. As a guide, +the basement must aim not to ne-t exceed 75% of each garden of the property. Where
Thames Water Property Services… 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 280
Box 1 Paragraph 34.3.59 - Residents often ask Thames Water to comment on whether a basement 'not exceeding 75% of the garden' is sufficient for surface water drainage. Thames Water's view is that it depends very much on the scale of future subterranean development. It is known that 'urban creep' (the loss of permeable area) has been significant across the Royal Borough over the last 40 years – Thames Water's own research shows that around 20% of green space has been lost during this time.
Various clients (Agent - Savills) 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 482
CL7 Proposed criteria a: RBKC's adopted SPD Subterranean Development (2009) includes various requirements that applications for basement excavation must comply with. The current SPD states that no more than 85% coverage of the garden is allowed. The draft proposals reduce this to 75%. The justification for both requirements is to ensure that there is adequate surface water drainage. There does not appear to be a reasoned justification for the change in approach. The accompanying Report by Alan
Edward Barker 31 Jan 2013

Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy CL7 a

  • Comment ID: 496
Maximum. basement size under a property's garden We are unconvinced by the change to a maximum 75% of the garden area (previously 85%) We feel that each scheme should be decided on its own merits rather than having a rather subjective figure. We feel that higher than 75% should be allowed, subject to schemes being well considered in terms of SUDS.
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