As you may be aware, a revised application for the Wilmer Place site was submitted by the developer recently.
Over the past year, we have been working with residents and local groups and organisations on the proposed development of Wilmer Place, and we had a number of concerns about the size of the building, the low level of affordable housing and the impact on Abney Park Cemetery in particular. We repeatedly raised these issues and concerns with the developer and Sainsbury’s.
The latest application is online here. The deadline for comments is 14th March, and we understand that if you made a comment on the previous application this is still taken into consideration. We will be submitting a response on the latest version outlining that many of our original concerns still stand. You can read our full submission here. We also intend to represent those residents who have asked us to when the application goes to the Planning sub-committee.
Stokey Local have done a round up of the main changes:
- A height reduction of approximately 1.5 stories, although the height is largely removed from the bottom/retail unit ceiling height.
- Height has also been reduced towards the cemetery around the two storeys that were on top of the retail unit
- 15 fewer residential units; we are unsure of the mix at this stage.
- Given this change there is likely to be a remodelling of the financial viability of the project
- The proposed retail floor space and frontage arrangements remain unchanged
- There will be a new bat study and enhanced Ecology study around the cemetery
- TfL and Highways previously had no strong views on transport issues so it is expected that this will remain broadly the same.
- There is still concern about the actual height and it seems that officers have requested more CGI views, a model and even suggested a scaffold be built to actual height to properly assess the scale and height, the committee could defer the scheme if it is unconvinced the point has been properly proven.