Impact of basement construction limited in duration and extent

A mixed use scheme in central London was approved despite the council claiming that the construction of a basement would adversely impact on highway and pedestrian safety.

The scheme involving retail, a cinema with residential above was supported by a revised construction traffic management plan. Although the impact of redeveloping sites in the centre of the capital was acknowledged the inspector decided that the appeal would deliver a range of benefits including visual enhancements, an upgraded cultural facility and additional residential accommodation. With an anticipated 104 week construction period some local disruption was inevitable but the direct effect on neighbouring residents would be minimal. Delivery and collection times could be adequately controlled by condition and swept path analysis demonstrated safe access and egress by a 10.3 metre long vehicle. In his opinion no unacceptable harm to highway or pedestrian safety would arise, noting that the NPPF advised local planning authorities to seek solutions.

Inspector: David Smith; Written representations

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