DC Casebook: Mixed use development - High-density layout judged adequate

A range of uses planned for a comprehensive scheme in south London has been judged to strike the right balance of design and layout and signal a major investment in the area.

The scheme comprised a mix of retail, office, leisure and residential space in a building up to ten storeys high next to a rail line and viaduct. The building would have a circular form and steps and roof terraces would rise up to 30m. The council claimed that development at 1,384 habitable rooms per hectare outside public transport accessibility zones would create an excessively dense development providing inadequate living conditions.

The inspector decided that the scheme would provide an adequate range of accommodation that generally complied with the council's design standards. Although some kitchens and bathrooms would not have natural light, he pointed out that making efficient use of land can pose choices between natural and artificial lighting. Amenity space was acceptable as a whole and a communal outdoor area was protected from railway noise by part of the building, he found.

DCS Number 100-069-357

Inspector John Papworth; Inquiry.

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