Tooting History group has commented on the recent planning application at The Lodge 98-100 Tooting Bec Road. The applications are for a replacement front door and installation of CCTV. Responses to the Council consultation closed on 10th October. 32 objections have been submitted by local residents. You can see them on the Council’s website here.
Tooting History Group comments are as follows:
I write on behalf of Tooting History Group to express our concern and interest in the Lodge and object to aspects of the planning applications listed below;
2018/4521 and Listed Building Consent 2018/4179 for installation of replacement windows to front, rear and side elevations and replacement of front door to timber panel door.
2018/4178 and Listed Building Consent 2018/4523 for erection of temporary weld mesh fence and installation of 4 temporary CCTV cameras.
These proposals were submitted following a short lived ‘reveal’ of the Lodge when wooden hoardings, erected some five years ago were recently removed from around the site. This was met with much local relief and celebration. Unfortunately a mesh fence was then swiftly erected and it subsequently covered with a green netting obscuring views of the Lodge.
The application to erect a wire mesh fence is retrospective – the fence is installed now and in such a way as to divide the Lodge itself from it’s surrounding curtilage.
The Lodge contributes significantly to the public realm and any temporary fencing must ensure that full views of the Lodge are possible. We find the current wire mesh fencing, with green netting removed, acceptable as a temporary solution while works continue.
It is important that all attempts to introduce any indication of subdivision of the site be resisted; the wire mesh fence within the grounds must be removed forthwith.
We were disappointed to note the plastic pipes and hopper on the Romberg Rd elevation, the quality of the approved render and paintwork and the inconsistent detail in replaced fenestration – some windows have horns, others do not. We concede however that, no matter our frustrations and perhaps those of others in whose hands the Lodge might receive a more scholarly repair, the nature of repairs carried out by the current owner have largely met the requirements of Wandsworth Council’s Conservation and Design team.
We are disappointed that Wandsworth Council is reconciled with a replacement front door too and we therefore conclude that no further alteration should be tolerated. Already installed are two PVC windows to the extension which are wholly inappropriate and harm the overall appearance of the Lodge. Retrospective applications for these ‘temporary’ windows should be refused and replaced with timber framed windows.
We appreciate the importance of safeguarding the Lodge and suggest this is best achieved when the building serves a viable use requiring the completion of works. We object the installation of cameras on the Lodge which are an unnecessary visual blight on the otherwise repaired façades. An alternative solution could be sought in the employment of guardians to reside at the Lodge – this would encourage the completion of work.
The proposals mention that aspects of these applications are temporary while plans are finalised to be shared in the near future. Given the frustrating delays in the repair of the Lodge thus far it can be presumed that the temporary nature of these works may be far from what might usually be assumed. We look forward to a time when we consider plans that would allow the reoccupation of the building and grounds and feel the extent of our objections regarding these current plans should not delay the current owner from focusing to that end.
Tooting History Group seeks to cherish that which remains and ensure that the built past has an appropriate and deserved future for all Tooting and Wandsworth to enjoy.
Conservation Officer, Tooting History Group