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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 g

  • Comment ID: 328
g. The development must include a sustainable urban drainage scheme, and where required to enable the establishment of larger planting within a garden, includeing a minimum of one metre of permeable soil above any part of the basement beneath a garden'.
Ladbroke Association (Sophia L… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 352
· There should be no change to the level of the garden and the present requirement for a metre of soil should as proposed be retained or preferably increased to 1.5m.
The Chelsea Society (Terence B… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 349
g. '.......one metre of permeable soil above all parts of the basement....'
Shrimplin Brown (Robert Shrimplin) 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 272
1. The justification for 1m spoil depth above basements advanced in the Alan Baxter Report is that it would "allow for the cultivation of normal gardens above them" (paragraph 9.7.5). However, there is no evidence presented as to why this is an appropriate depth. 2. Trees and plants in actual fact live in the active "topsoil" within the first 50cm where there is enough air and water for organisms to operate. Providing more depth than this does not deliver additional benefits to plants.
Cranbrook Basements (Kevin O'C… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 296
CL7.g This policy is unreasonable. The proposed policy contradicts the findings of the report prepared by ARUP Geotechnics.
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 g

  • Comment ID: 324
Policy CL7 part g. We are concerned that part g. of draft Policy CL7 is too prescriptive. Whilst a minimum of 1 metre top soil may be required in certain circumstances, the policy as drafted fails to recognise that there will be proposals where only part of the garden space is taken up leaving opportunities for deeper planting within the rest of the garden. In these circumstances, a 1 metre depth of soil is not required.
The Kensington Society (Anthon… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 461
g add ' and all paving shall be permeable' add at the end of the sentence "an demonstrate the reduction of site drainage".
Metropolis Green LLP (Miranda… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 225
Basements Core Strategy Review Sustainable Urban Drainage Measures - Supporting Text 34.3.72 and Policy CL7 g. There appears to be a minor inconsistency in the language regarding the requirement for sustainable drainage systems in basement developments. While the supporting text in section 34.2.72 notes that "In addition to the 1m permeable soil other sustainable urban drainage measures are likely to be (emphasis added) required", Policy CL7 section g. notes that "The development must include
PTP Architects London Ltd (Sat… 31 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 424
SUDS · More clarity and the reasons for this policy should be provided as it is not clear what are the consequences of the rain water drainage as a result of basements. · London clay in itself stops any water drainage. So what is happening to the rain water currently in gardens without any basements should be evaluated and any new policy should be based on such assessment. · Provision of rain water storage with controlled release in the drainage system is acceptable and t
Norland Conservation Society (… 11 Jan 2013

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

  • Comment ID: 32
At our table, there was doubt as to the purpose of the 1m of top soil. The developer seemed to think that rain landing on the "roof" of a subterranean garden basement would be drained off into the sewer system. Others thought that the idea was that this rain would be drained off into the surrounding 25% soakaway. Apparently Hammersmith apply a different policy: not more than 50%, but no 1m cover; this has the advantage of less digging out and backfilling with topsoil. The purpose of this needs