Victorian Pumping Station video tour

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The Battersea Power Station Community Group were  given a short tour of the Victorian Pumping Station – soon to be demolished if REO receive planning permission for Rafael Viñoly’s Masterplan. There have been strong objections including The Victorian Society and Save Britains Heritage.

To view a short edit of the tour follow the link below.

Battersea Power Station, Pumping Station Archive

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Residents Object to Planning Applications

Many residents of Chelsea Bridge Wharf Apartments have strongly objected to the new plans for Battersea Power Station.

Over twenty objection letters were sent from residents in relation to the applications. The most common complaints included:

  • Loss of view from the flats
  • Decrease of light in to accommodation
  • Very little privacy
  • Increase of noise and dust for the residents

These complaints from residents are amongst many objections to the new plans for Battersea Power Station, highlighting the public outcry at these proposals.

To read about the Planning Applications or to read the Objection Comments click here.

Find out more about Spectacle’s Battersea Power Station Project

For interviews and more visit Spectacle’s Archive

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Kew Bridge Steam Museum Objection Letter

The Chairman of the Kew Bridge Engines Trust, which is responsible for managing and operating the water pumping station at Kew Bridge as a self supporting museum, has objected the plans to demolish the Battersea Water Pumping Station on behalf of the trust.

The main objections from the Kew Bridge Engined Trusts were;

  • The pumping station could be easily repaired, the trust had known similar buildings successfully brought back to use.
  • No effort appears to have been put in to the plans to save the building or provide alternative uses for it.
  • Lack of variety of ideas for developing the site. The architectural quality of the developments do not justify the loss of a historic building.

Objections towards the new planning applications for Battersea Power Station are still being submitted to the Council. The public still has great interest in the fate of this iconic landmark.

For further information on the planning application and to read further objections click here

Watch footage from the Power Station on Spectacle’s Archive Page

Learn about Spectacle’s Battersea Power Station Project by visiting Spectacle’s Project Page

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Battersea Power Station Planning Applications

Battersea Power Station Planning Applications Overloaded with Information.

On the 22nd October 2009, the planning applications for Battersea Power Station were submitted and made available to the public. The public then had until the 1st February 2010 to submit their objections and comments.

The plans with reference numbers; 2009/3575, 2009/3576, 2009/3577, 2009/3578.

Application 2009/3575 contained four application documents, which were made available to the public on the 22nd October last year. The application also contained approximately 20 reports many in several parts (up to eleven) and many with numerous appendices. Over three hundred drawings of the proposed plans were also included; these were only made available to the public in December 2009.

The sheer volume of materials provided about the plans and the limited time available to respond,  made it very difficult to firstly access all the information and to make a fully informed opinion on the plans.

For more information on the applications click here

Details on Spectacle’s Battersea Power Station Project

To watch interviews and footage from the Power Station visit Spectacle’s Archive

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The Victorian Society’s Objection Letter

The Victorian Society’s Objection Letter to the Battersea Power Station Planning Application.

Battersea Water Pumping Station, Cringle Street, Battersea: Application for Listed Building Consent for demolition (Grade II, 1840 & 1860)

The Victorian Society is one of many to write an objection letter in relation to the recent plans to demolish the former water pumping station at the Battersea Power Station.

The letter outlined the reasons behind the ‘strong objection’ of the Society towards the plan.

The Society highlights the water pumping station, as ‘an important historic building, the significance of which cannot be adequately appreciated once dispersed on and off the development site.’

The Society feels the applicants (with the exception of the Power Station) have approached the site as a ‘blank canvas,’  with no consideration that the pump station will be saved. The application states that the plans, ‘would bring substantial benefits for the community.’ The Victorian Society points out that there is nothing, ‘in the application to show that the same public benefit could not be brought about if the pumping station were incorporated within the new development.’

The letter also outlined, ‘The Battersea Power Station Company is a trust established in 2002.  One of its objectives is the preservation of the pumping station.  The company achieved charitable status in 2005.  They would be happy to take ownership of the building if the owner no longer requires it.  They would be happy to raise funds to repair the building.’

The closing statement of the Society ‘s Objection Letter:

‘We urge your Council to refuse Listed Building Consent for the demolition of the pumping station.  The applicant should develop a scheme that takes account of the significance of the whole site and all the listed buildings within it, not just the power station.’

The Victorian Society’s Objection Letter is just one example of many objection to the plans to demolish the water pumping station.

To read the full Objection Letter, click here and use the reference 2010/01/012.

For further information on the planning application and to read further objections click here

Read other planning applications by clicking here and using application numbers; 2009/3575, 2009/2576, 2009/3577.

Watch footage from the Power Station on Spectacle’s Archive Page

Learn about Spectacle’s Battersea Power Station Project by visiting Spectacle’s Project Page

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