Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 489
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 Cranbrook Basements (Ciaran O'… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 31 Jan 2013
Comment

I believe both the "1-Storey" rule and the "75% Garden Rule" are both wholly unfounded and generalistic. Cases can be made for basement developments that fall outside these guidelines. Such developments can be structurally and hydrologically justified by chartered members of their respective professions. Other boroughs such as Camden allow the use of Basement Impact Assessments as a means of justifying such developments. Why can RBKC not follow a similar process?

 

The "usage" argument has been raised but I believe this to be irrelevant across all residential developments. All developments that are undertaken are undertaken to increase the "habitable space" of the property. The same amount of people still reside in the dwelling and therefore no more of the borough's resources are commanded by these basement extensions.

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