The over-development threat to Southfields

By Josh Kaile, Labour’s Candidate In Southfields 

For the last three years or so, the dominant over-development threat to our area has been the plan to build two 42-storey towers on the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth Town. For comparison, the tallest tower block anywhere in our area is just across the road from the site – Sudbury House above Southside shopping centre, which is 28 storeys. So the Ram Brewery plans would have added towers one third taller than the tallest we have right now.

We all know how visible and from how far away the Southside towers are: just imagine for an instant the impact the Ram skyscrapers will have on an area which is characterised by low-rise, human scale development.

The Ram Brewery plans were stopped in their tracks when the then Labour Government ordered a public inquiry into them. But they haven’t gone away: they’re just dormant; indeed in only a matter or weeks or months the developers – hand-in-glove with the Conservative Council – will bring back a new application and yet again expect it to be rubber-stamped.

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Putney’s Opposition To Towers Is Not “noise”

By Christian Klapp – Putney Thamesfield Election Candidate

I cannot disagree more strongly with my Conservative opponent that concerns about overdevelopment are “noise” that “we have to look through”. The Conservative candidate wrote in his article on the Putney SW15 website earlier today: “A lot of residents have raised concern over the number of big developments, and we have to look through the noise.”

I know how strongly residents feel about the over-development blight to Putney: rightly so. To have the thousands of objections Putney has made dismissed as “noise” frames perfectly the choice before Putney at the by-election in a fortnight’s time. The idea that Putney must continue to expand regardless of whether the area can cope with the additional homes and simply because there is demand is wrong.

 This stack-em-up, pile-em-high mentality is what blighted so much of inner London during the 1960s and 1970s. The message being sent to Putney is: vote Conservative if you want to be ignored on over-development and any other issue they think they know best on. Or vote for me if you want a councillor who listens.

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