LAMBETH PUBLIC INQUIRY 2021

To see the Lambeth Virtual Inquiry 2020 click here

By ordering a Public Inquiry the government identified a lack of respect for community, heritage and culture. Beaconsfield took ‘Rule 6’ status in the Inquiry and joined together with the Garden Museum and Lambeth Village to defend culture, heritage and daylight.

Ask Right Hon Robert Jenrick to make the decision to reject the 8 Albert Embankment Planning Application here
Thank you for adding your voice.

1 April 2021
Public Inquiry Easter Update 

Following the extensive Public Inquiry into 8 Albert Embankment and inappropriate development in North Lambeth (just before Christmas) we have confirmation that the Planning Inspector has now submitted his report to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. We are told to expect a decision by 21 June 2021.

You have been such a great support to date in this campaign and it would be amazing if we could give one more push to help Rt Hon Robert Jenrick make his decision in the right direction.

What is at stake if we lose:

  • a top level policy decision that will set the bar for unacceptable daylight levels in people’s homes and parks across London
  • a top level policy decision about land use in central London
  • confirmation that it’s OK to override Local Planning Policy when the money is right
  • confirmation that it’s OK to mess with our World Heritage sites when the money is right
  • thumbs up to uninhabited skyscrapers across London – mostly owned by foreign investors
  • Beaconsfield art space and community garden plunged into half-light forever.

If you would rather NOT see any of the above happening you can simply ask Right Hon Robert Jenrick to make the decision to reject the 8 Albert Embankment Planning Application here and follow the link to learn more about the campaign here.

18 March 2021

As we await the outcome of the Public Inquiry into development at 8 Albert Embankment, our friends at the Garden Museum are taking action to address a massive hole in local and national planning guidance to protect sunlight in our parks, playgrounds and wildlife green spaces.

Astonishingly, during our campaign we discovered that a standard of 2 hours sunlight for 50% of the area was applied to our neighbouring park Old Paradise Gardens, a benchmark that was actually designed for the space between buildings such as car parks!

Garden Museum launched a petition and already it has nearly 7000 signatures!

Please add your support and sign here.

We look forward to welcoming people back to Beaconsfield’s own Community Garden!

5 March 2021
‘Nooks and Corners’ – We are in Private Eye!

‘The decision comes as people in Lambeth await a decision on the former London Fire Brigade (LFB) HQ, 8 Albert Embankment, where a potentially splendid restoration of the grade II-listed art deco riverside building is sadly accompanied by two grotesque towers, of 26 and 24 storeys, in the plans submitted by LFB and its development partner U+I (Eyes passim). The site is just across the Thames from the UNESCO world heritage Westminster site and close to grade I-listed Lambeth Palace.

A planning inquiry finished hearing evidence on 18 December, with a decision not expected until spring. In the meantime, U+I announced in January that it is reviewing all its projects after making a £50 half-year loss.’

‘Nooks and Corners,’ Private Eye, No. 1542, 5 March – 18 March 2021.

BACKGROUND TO PUBLIC INQUIRY 2020

In June 2020 Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government called for a Public Inquiry into overdevelopment in North Lambeth (8 Albert Embankment scheme) due to the extent of public concern. 

Beaconsfield’s Rule 6 status in Public Inquiry 2020 here

‘Rule 6’ allows ordinary people to get their voices heard at a Public Inquiry. Beaconsfield has taken Rule 6 status in the Inquiry together with the Garden Museum and Lambeth Village to defend public access to daylight, sunlight, green spaces, heritage buildings and heritage views.