Two landscape shaping consents in two days from Local Dialogue

Mark Brown

It’s time to blow our own trumpet!

On Monday and Tuesday this week, two planning committees, in very different parts of the country, approved proposals supported by Local Dialogue for iconic schemes that, in each case, will change the local skyline.

Neither scheme was without its objectors, but in each case Local Dialogue worked hard – and ultimately successfully – to promote the benefits and to identify and motivate supporters.

On Monday, in Torquay, Torbay District Council’s Development Management Committee – despite having 500 objections on the planning file – approved an application for the restoration of the Listed Torquay Pavilion to deliver a hotel reception and spa, restaurants, bars and function rooms. Alongside this, the application included a 4-5 storey waterside hotel and an 11 storey residential building, with ground floor restaurant and retail space.

The scheme will definitely become a major new landmark on Torquay’s waterside.

A landscape changing development for Torquay

Then, on Tuesday, Lambeth Council’s Planning Applications Committee approved stunning proposals for two 25-storey buildings on the final redevelopment site on Albert Embankment, SE1.

The plans also included preserving and refurbishing Vintage House, the last remaining Victorian warehouse on Albert Embankment, a café and ground floor open space – providing an important link between Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the River Thames.

The 25-storey Albert Embankment towers (outlined in red)

Not a bad start to the week for us – and proof that clear messaging, effective campaigning and active supporter building can make a real difference, no matter where your scheme is located.

Mark Brown
mark.brown@localdialogue.com