Developments in the Wenlock Road area
We would like to thank residents who have commented and given their feedback on the issues in the Wenlock Road area.
This page explains some of the issues and is being updated as developments progress.
Update on number of developments
Construction at a large site on Taplow Street site and a large site on Wenlock Road has now finished. This should have an impact on the amount of traffic in the area.
Update on hoardings
We have told the developers to replace the wooden hoardings at two of the corners of the United House sites with clear Perspex to increase visibility and safety for road users.
The hoardings at the Regal site had to be completely redesigned. A new wooden hoarding has now been installed which is much more secure and fits the defined authorised space. This has also tidied the deliveries at the site and improved the look of the site and its impact on the location.
Clear signage for pedestrians has also been instructed at all sites.
The United House development in Wenlock Road at the junction with Sturt Street are craneing deliveries onto the site directly from an un-barriered highway and are being advised to stop this.
Update on highway obstructions
Sites have been told to place wooden baulks at the base of hoardings to prevent waiting vehicles sitting in locations where they would create an obstruction. We are also addressing other issues such as machinery and materials on the highway at a number of sites.
Our parking team will issue fines if vehicles continue to cause obstructions.
The Environmental Enforcement and noise pollution teams are meeting to discuss how to deal with the collective impact of noise from sites. Residents and businesses are advised to report any noise nuisance they experience to 020 8356 4455.
There are several large building developments underway in the Wenlock Road area. We want to make sure the impact of these works is kept to a minimum as far as possible.
Number of developments
Over recent years several planning applications have been made for this area. Once permission has been granted, a developer has a maximum of three years to start work. This means that planning consents for sites in an area may be granted some time apart but construction can start at a similar time. Unfortunately the Council has little control over this.
Before building work starts, developers need to consider the logistics of how they intend to operate. Access for large vehicles and pedestrian safety means that footways next to sites are often affected.
To control this impact the council may grant permissions for footways to close. We can also grant a highways license to erect hoardings or fences to divide the works from highway users, minimise impacts and to maximise the safety of those highway users. All the sites in the Wenlock Road area have been granted highways licences.
These licences were reviewed together to minimise the negative impact upon pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The council holds large deposit sums from developers for the replacement of highways and footways after the building works have finished and there are conditions which ensures they contribute to improving the vicinity.
Vehicles and road closures
There was a road closure due to Thames Water sewage works which has been completed.
We are still exploring a solution to the vehicles parking in the location and ultimately enforcement action will be taken if they are in situ for too long. We have notified the relevant departments to ensure appropriate enforcement action is taken and that developers are warned about the behaviours of drivers who visit the sites.
Feedback and contact
If you have any concerns or want more information you can comment at the bottom of this page. As a single point of contact we can liaise with various council departments or developers to ensure you are kept up to date.
You can also email Wayne Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not want your comments or questions to be public.
There are also contact details displayed on each building site which you can use if there are urgent issues or emergencies.