A resident writes.....
I am becoming increasingly concerned about the damage to wildlife and the ecology which basement excavations are causing. A terrible example of this is the self indulgent and incredibly vulgar redevelopment by that rather silly Eccleston woman at Sloane House in Old Church Street. I have seen an email which was sent to RBK&C from I presume, a next door neighbour about disruption to her property caused by the excesses of next door. One day she was minding her own business pottering around her house and having a quiet and relaxed day when suddenly all hell broke loose and everything started ratting and clinking; literally everything which was not secured to the floor! Surely this is totally unacceptable and has led to the Sloane House development being deemed as a Benchmark case and a bad one at that! The man from the planning department have visited the site on a number of occasions.
Local resident associations and amenity groups are extremely concerned, so much so that they are putting forward detailed recommendations/guidelines about basement developments and suggesting some restrictions such as the size of the proposed development being restricted both in depth and width in relation to the overall garden space, If we are not careful every “garden ” will be minimalist and comprising of some gravel, paving stones and a couple of shrubs. Clearly, there is nothing here for any wildlife and certainly not earthworms (I remember a song by a band by the name of Stackridge, emphasising the important and essential ecological work that earthworms perform).
The public at large are now far more concerned and aware of the importance of wildlife thanks to some degree by some excellent programmes on BBC such as Spring watch produced by enthusiasts such as Chris Packham and others.
I do not know about you but I am very concerned about the impact on our wildlife, here in Chelsea; it cannot be right for nesting birds to be given no consideration whatsoever to make way for a dipper or a dumping truck. I have noticed over the past few years the reduction in singing birds especially at spring time, which I think it is fair top say is one of the absolute joys of spring.
If Chelsea is to continue to be one of the most desirable places to live in London, then restrictions, which will need to be rigorously policed, should be put in place to ensure that everyone gets on with each other, just a little better. Sadly over the past couple of years there have been far too many outsiders spoiling the enjoyment of established residents most of whom are seeking a peaceful time.
As far as I can see the Council is dragging its heels on this issue and I cannot see the Council being prepared to try to put a halt on Hedge Fund Managers, developers and other profiteers without some undue influence.