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Stephen Bates's statement in response to objections to the Wandsworth river walk and tower project

"The New River Walk and Tower alongside the River Wandle near Garratt Lane, Wandsworth has undergone a rigorous design and consultation process. We have not only undertaken an extended Pre-App process but the project has also been presented at Peer Reviews with Wandsworth Design Review Panel and the GLA Design Review. In both cases we have had positive feedback and endorsement of the design.

The pencil tower will be unique in London as nowhere in the city is there a delicate tower of these dimensions and sculptural form. It is integrally linked with a new Riverside landscape public amenity which extends the historic Wandle Trail into Wandsworth town centre providing a quiet sanctuary behind the busy high street for residents and the public.

A number of representations have been made following the submission of the planning application, several of which are non-material to a planning assessment. Others have been forensically assessed and we have provided, or are in the process of providing, further clarification to Wandsworth Borough Council.

We believe the new landscape and building will make a positive contribution to a piece of hidden city centre which is becoming more visible following the recent approval of the Pocket tower on the other side of the river bank."

Stephen Bates
June 5th 2017