Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 484
Document Section Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy Proposed policy - Policy CL7 [View all comments on this section]
Respondent MMP Design (Steve Masters) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 31 Jan 2013

MMP Design are a Consulting Civil & Structural Engineering practice and we have been working in the field of Subterranean Development since 1999. To date we have completed the permanent structural design of more than 650 such schemes of which at least 80 have been within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.


We are obviously aware of your Draft Policy for consultation and generally support your efforts to ensure that these developments are designed and constructed by the appropriate professionals and with the necessary consideration of all affected parties.


There are however two specific issues within the Draft Policy which are of particular concern and about which we would like to express our views. We would like the following comments to be noted for further consultation.


•                 Bearing in mind the extensive investigation and specialist design input that will be required to take a Subterranean Development to the planning stage, surely to then impose a blanket restriction on the extent of such a development is a complete contradiction in terms of the expert opinion you have expressly sought.


•       You require a chartered Civil or Structural Engineer to be involved in the drafting of and to sign off the Engineering Design and Construction Statement yet also then require that Engineer's work to be checked by another chartered Engineer.