Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 318
Document Section Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation Consultation Arrangements General comments View all on this section
Respondent ARK (Rupert Carruthers) View all by this respondent
Response Date 31 Jan 2013

In Summary:


We believe that with an emphasis on good design and management by qualified and experienced professionals many of the matters of concern raised by residents and covered by the draft consultation document could be effectively alleviated without recourse to blanket rules governing specific aspects of basement development.  In general a modestly sized but poorly designed and badly managed basement development will have a far greater impact on the short and long term amenity of neighbouring properties than a well designed and professionally managed development of a much larger scale.  This self-evident truth seems to have been largely ignored by the current document in favour of the imposition of relatively arbitrary limitations on the scale of development.  We believe that the council should be seeking to control quality rather than scale.


There are clearly real and legitimate concerns about subterranean development, many of which relate to relatively short term disruption and loss of amenity.  Attempting to control these through restrictive planning regulation is, for the most part, inappropriate and ultimately fails to address the real issues. Tighter control by Environmental Health and Highways would more effectively address these issues. Concerns about structural integrity and sustainability are equally important but these would be more effectively and appropriately dealt with through Building Control and the Party Wall Act.