Tachbrook Conservatives abandon Dolphin Square residents and cave in to Westbrook

A leaflet circulated by Tachbrook Conservatives this week shows they have abandoned Dolphin Square residents and have caved in to Westbrook’s plans for a massive redevelopment.

The Conservative leaflet claims that Westbrook are “almost certain” to get permission for their plans to demolish Rodney House and build a massive 9 storey block at the back of Dolphin Square. This is long before the Council’s planning officers have even completed their analysis.

The Conservatives also wrongly claim that “any attempt to block the plans will make the situation worse for residents”

Only Labour’s candidates, Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson, are pledged to support residents and to oppose the Westbrook plans

Gillian Arrindell said:

“The Conservatives would have you believe the fight is already over, and residents have lost. The reality is that they are refusing to fight for Dolphin Square and misleading residents by suggesting Westbrook already have permission when they do not.

Terry Harper said

“If Labour is elected as the majority party on the Council we will work on the side of residents, in contrast to the current administration’s practice of serving the interests of the developers.”

Will Thomson said:

“After consulting with residents, we wrote to the Director of Planning expressing our concerns and raising questions about Dolphin Square. We will do everything in our power to support residents”

We have objected to Westbrook’s planning application for Dolphin Square on the following grounds:

  • Dolphin Square is a ‘building of special interest’. How can the demolition of the whole of the north side be allowed to go ahead? The unique character of Dolphin Square will be lost for ever.
  • The proposed new 9 storey building to replace Rodney House will be totally out of scale with its surroundings
  • The plans will destroy the unique Dolphin Square shopping arcade
  • The Spanish Garden will be swept away with a loss of light and sun and will be overshadowed by adding yet another floor to the building
  • How can residents be expected to live in a building site for five years? The noise from the building work would be unbearable.
  • Dolphin Square used to offer flats at moderate rents for those working unsocial hours in central London. The new plans include just 8 small houses at affordable rent and all the rest at market rent.
  • The plans are contrary to Westminster’s Unitary Plan policy which opposes the development of short-term let residential property.