Local councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish took up local residents complaints about:-
- Introduction of a noisy generator – in fact, Jill could hear this generator from her house in the Poets’ Estate at the present time (it was 7.45pm on Monday evening) with the windows shut, and double glazing in place. Her house is two streets away.
- Introduction of large plant and equipment blocking people’s houses, their entries and exits, and taking out their parking spaces
- Working until 8pm on Sunday night (last night), with lots of noise, vibration and shaking of houses
Councillors have asked to know what will be done to enforce the building conditions for this site bounded by Westmead Road to the south, Cowper Avenue to the west, Byron Avenue East to the north and Kingsley Avenue to the east. This site is very very close to areas of terraced homes so many people are taking the pain from the demolition and building works. Residents are also concerned about dust and grit, and the possibility there might be asbestos being removed.
Thanks for the email. There were a number of conditions attached to the planning consent (granted on appeal), one of which provides restrictions on the times of site works. A further condition also requires the submission of a method statement for the control of site parking and loading/unloading.
I understand that my building control officers have been dealing with urgent issues relating to demolition of the current building on the site & there has been some urgency to those works due to the building being in a dangerous structural condition. I will need to talk further to both building control and planning staff tomorrow morning regarding the detail, but it seems that this urgency may have required operations to commence for a short time outside of controlled hours. We will be having an urgent conversation with the developer to establish the position regarding compliance with those conditions, and I will let you know the outcome once that has taken place.
My staff are also liaising with the Environmental Health team from public nuisance angle.
Clearly there will be some level of disturbance that will result from works on this site as they progress, but I agree that it is important that works take place in accordance with an approved schedule and that disturbance is kept to a minimum.
I will come back to you as soon as I have further details and the further discussions have taken place…
Interim Head of Strategic Planning and Development Management, London Borough of Sutton,
24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JG
T: 020 8770 6217
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Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road