The whole grizzly question of basements under houses and neighbouring land is under consultation at the moment and if you would like to have your say you can. Questions being raised are why does the council want to restrict basements to half the garden? Should gardens already paved over be exempt from the ruling? What about the one storey restriction – is it too limiting or too lax? There must be one metre of permeable soil over the basement, does this apply to basement under already paved areas? Also, there are notes on light wells and railings, light pollution, the safety of the buildings nearby, how eco is it all with the pumps needed to get rid of water ? and so on. The whole thing is interesting reading and if you dig around you find things like the reasons given for having a Plan in the first place, which are: increase in basement planning applications in a densely populated and developed borough and the adverse impact on ‘residential amenity’, primarily on residents’ health, well-being and living conditions due to noise, vibration, dust and heavy vehicles over long periods. Plus loss of rear gardens, desire to limit carbon emissions and drainage problems.
The consultion is being organised for RBKC by a company called Banks Solutions. Make sure you send your comments to The Programme Officer in two paper copies and one electronic copy otherwise they won’t count. Bit like taking a public exam. Click on the link here you can read the info and you have to respond by 31st October. rbkc.gov.uk