Vulcan House refused additional units

Developer appeals against decision

After being refused permission at Sutton’s Planning Committee for an additional 9 units, River Wandle Ltd appealed against the decision. The objection was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate citing highway safety in regards to parking and safe and suitable access to the site for pedestrians.

Permitted Development allowing commercial premises to convert to residential do not always have the residents’ best interests at heart to provide comfortable living conditions.

Planning Committee – 2 June 2021

Vulcan House planning application was heard at Sutton Council’s Planning Committee on 2 June 2021. Our Chair, Lysanne Horrox was allowed to speak up to 4 minutes at the virtual meeting to give reasons why it should be refused.

Vulcan House converted from commercial to 48 residential units under permitted development rights, but wanted to increase the building by one floor to add initially 10 further units. They then changed this to 9 units so they were not liable to provide affordable homes.

Being situated in an industrial estate, this is not prime location for residential homes, with lack of pavements, street lights and parking spaces, along with potentially overlooking flats on the New Mill Quarter estate. We were pleased that the planning committee listened to our views and unanimously voted against the application.


Read the report recommending approving the application

Read our speech

View previous planning applications for Vulcan House

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