The Council has just achieved something very important for its residents. We now have new, much tougher policies on basement developments. Getting those new policies agreed by the Planning Inspectorate has been a long and arduous battle, two years long in fact. Thousands of man hours and much expenditure have been required but we kept going because we knew how important it was to our residents.People will of course still be able to apply to add a basement to their properties but the two and three storey mega-basements that we have been plagued with these last few years are now against Council planning policy.
It needs to be recognised that mega-basements are big business in central London and that our policy changes were bitterly opposed by many developers.
I want to thank our ace planning team for leading the fight for change and I also want to thank our residents associations for backing us up at the planning inquiry and throughout the campaign.