Reflecting our consideration of the application, and following consultation with our members, Friends of Tooting Common have not either supported or objected to the application for development of the Triangle site overall. We recognise that there are a number of welcome benefits to the plans, but there are also significant concerns about the impact on the Common and some users, if planning conditions/mitigants are not applied.
We therefore indicated, in the comments we made, as below, that if was decided to approve the application, a number of conditions should be added, including free access by schools to the redgra pitch when enclosed; reduced charges for the “play and stay” facilities; measures to ensure that noise from the site is kept to a reasonable minimum; and measures to ensure that the adjacent children’s playground can remain fully in operation, safely, throughout the building work.
The application has now been approved by Wandsworth Council’s Planning Applications Committee. FOTC are very disappointed that these additional conditions we proposed have not been added, nor were they considered at the PAC meeting. We will seek to engage with further consideration of the operational arrangements for the development, to try to ensure that these concerns are covered there.