Waitrose Tower’ Proposal: Locals Divided Over 24-Storey Flats in South London”

‘Waitrose Tower’ Plan Draws Local Criticism

John Lewis faces backlash from locals over its proposal to construct a 24-storey residential block, famously termed ‘Waitrose Tower,’ above its Waitrose store in Masons Hill, Bromley, South London. The retailer asserts that this development would introduce 353 new homes, benefiting the community and local commerce. However, over 60 residents have raised objections primarily focused on the development’s immense scale.

Opposition from Residents

Numerous objections have been lodged with the council, with residents expressing concerns about the project’s size and its impact on the town’s aesthetics. Criticisms include assertions that the tower is unsuitable for the town’s character and might overshadow the area, altering its appeal. Privacy concerns and fears of adverse effects on surrounding views were also prominent in objections submitted to the council.

Mixed Feedback and Council Response

While objections dominate, there have been 24 comments in support of the plans. Proponents highlight the need for additional housing and dismiss objections as unwarranted, emphasizing the benefits the development could bring to the area. The council’s conservation officer has also raised apprehensions, citing the proposal’s significant size and potential negative impact on local vistas.

John Lewis’ Defense and Future Steps

John Lewis defends its proposal, asserting that the tower’s design would not dominate the surroundings. The company is reportedly engaged in discussions with the council and Greater London Authority to secure grant funding, potentially increasing the proportion of affordable housing to 35%. A spokesperson for John Lewis highlighted the project’s intent to offer energy-efficient rental homes, communal spaces, a new Waitrose store, and employment opportunities.

Ongoing Response and Official Statements

In response to the criticisms and feedback received, John Lewis emphasizes its commitment to engaging with comments as part of the planning process. MailOnline has reached out to both John Lewis and Bromley Council for additional commentary on the matter, as the debate surrounding the ‘Waitrose Tower’ proposal continues.

 

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