Summerstown: the Volante site

Volante, which owns a patch of land on the edge of the Wimbledon Stadium car park, fronting Summerstown, has submitted plans to vacate the site and replace it with a nine-storey block of flats.

The planning application includes basement parking, a children’s play area and a healthcare facility (GP surgery and pharmacy), 112 homes and 23 parking spaces.

The deadline for representations is January 29, 2016.

Of note, is the applicant’s enlightened approach to consultation, whereby they held a couple of open sessions, delivered leaflets to nearby homes and doorknocked the surrounding area to seek views. Opinions (including negatives) are collated in a consultation document published alongside other planning documents on the council’s website.

Interesting that a relatively small development like this one can tick so many boxes (healthcare facility, a transparent consultation process, play area) where Galliard Homes and AFC Wimbledon failed on their application. But if the result is a foregone conclusion, what’s the point in going the extra mile?

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