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Michael Bach's comments

  • Eric Parry’s City skyscraper in question as investor pulls out

    Michael Bach's comment 6 August, 2019 9:31 am

    A lesson from history - some of the worst things never happen!

  • Mayor calls in SimpsonHaugh’s controversial Seifert hotel scheme in Kensington

    Michael Bach's comment 14 May, 2019 11:12 am

    This proposal is contrary the development plan - London Plan and the Local Plan - with regard to the tall buildings proposed and the resulting impacts.

    It is a pity that the photographs used to present the proposed scheme have not used the same lens - it is amazing how using a wide-angle lens and selective cropping can "misrepresent" both the proposed buildings and the existing building.

    The bottom line is a set of buildings twice as bulky as the current building, which itself busted all the 1970s policies on height, density and bulk. Today the site is surrounded by conservation areas on all sides.

    What is needed is not to replace one eyesore with another twice as bulky, but do as Terry Farrell did for the Marsham Street towers (MHCLG's HQ) - replace an offensive development with one that removes the harm - just as much floorspace but no longer imposing both the locality or the skyline.

    It is time for the Mayor to start applying the London Plan policies.

  • London ‘should follow New York’ in banning glass towers

    Michael Bach's comment 26 April, 2019 2:04 pm

    Sadiq Khan and Jules Pipe need to start showing some strategic leadership on tall buildings in London. The number of new tall buildings joining the 541 already in the planning pipeline (according to NLA's 2019 Tall Buildings Survey) seems to be growing unabated from the Johnson/Lister years. Do they care about what this is doing to London, but more particularly to local communities.

    Sadiq Khan's manifesto "A City for all Londoners" suggested that local communities needed to be comfortable with the scale and nature of change. London Forum mirrored this back to Jules Pipe and James Murray by asking "What kind of London do Londoners want?", suggesting that looking back in 10 years' time whether they could be proud of their legacy.

    Looking at performance since 2016, the Mayor has failed to influence the future form of London in a way that many Londoners would want.

    There is a parallel with climate change. Every day we are faced with big decisions - we can choose the right direction or carry on in the wrong direction. The pipeline of tall buildings is like the build-up global climate change - our future is being compromised by the lack of strategic change of direction by the Mayor.

  • London ‘should follow New York’ in banning glass towers

    Michael Bach's comment 26 April, 2019 10:56 am

    Sadiq Khan and Jules Pipe need to start showing some strategic leadership on tall buildings in London. The number of new tall buildings joining the 541 already in the planning pipeline (according to NLA's 2019 Tall Buildings Survey) seems to be growing unabated from the Johnson/Lister years. Do they care about what this is doing to London, but more particularly to local communities.

    Sadiq Khan's manifesto "A City for all Londoners" suggested that local communities needed to be comfortable with the scale and nature of change. London Forum mirrored this back to Jules Pipe and James Murray by asking "What kind of London do Londoners want?", suggesting that looking back in 10 years' time whether they could be proud of their legacy.

    Looking at performance since 2016, the Mayor has failed to influence the future form of London in a way that many Londoners would want.

    There is a parallel with climate change. Every day we are faced with big decisions - we can choose the right direction or carry on in the wrong direction. The pipeline of tall buildings is like the build-up global climate change - our future is being compromised by the lack of strategic change of direction by the Mayor.

  • Chipperfield’s Munich housing block proposal revealed

    Michael Bach's comment 15 October, 2018 1:36 pm

    Well at least it looks like housing and fits into its setting, unlike One Kensington Gardens which looks like a car park and is totally alien to its setting.

  • Emma Dent Coad: ‘Grenfell changed everything forever’

    Michael Bach's comment 19 June, 2018 5:57 pm

    Grenfell should be a game changer, not just for construction and management of social housing, but for creating a new social contract/covenant between local authorities and their residents. Residents now want to be involved in decisions that affect their lives and want a place at the table in co-designing new housing.

  • Zero-carbon homes set to be reintroduced

    Michael Bach's comment 28 April, 2016 8:34 am

    The Government is committed to reversing their defeats in the Lords - don't hold your breath

  • Why can’t we identify sites where towers would be suitable?

    Michael Bach's comment 13 April, 2016 8:30 am

    That is exactly what Westminster City Council did - but they are now giving "mixed messages" by encouraging tall buildings that depart from their own development plan - Paddington and now West End Green.

    Robert Davies has done a U-turn from being an original signatory to the Skyline Campaign to buying the idea that tall buildings are a sign of growth and Westminster needs more of that!

    This not the policy clarity and consistency that you are advocating!

  • Fears over move to make office-to-resi rights permanent

    Michael Bach's comment 14 October, 2015 11:58 am

    Lee, you are very mixed up and cannot be bothered by the facts.

    The planning system in London has been delivering the permissions sought by the development industry, but it cannot make them build the housing. There are currently permission for some 270,000 homes which developers are just sitting. The planning system is not stopping these being built, including the redevelopment and conversion of secondary offices no longer suitable for offices. Before the Government's intervention the planning system was delivering up to 4,000 units a year from this source. The PD rights to turn any offices - whether vacant or occupied - has not yet produced much additional supply in London, but it has led to speculative emptying of office space, especially space for small businesses.

    You acknowledge that we need more office space. Indeed the Government - with their "planning" hat on - requires local authorities to plan for the "objectively assessed need" for offices. Meanwhile they are encouraging change of use to housing - a one-way trip - which has significantly reduced the supply to extremely low vacancy rates in some parts of London. The latest change, apart from those areas that will keep their exemption until 2019, will further reduce the supply of office space. Since the NPPF proposes that offices should be in town centres or close to public transport interchanges, how will we get replacement space let alone new offices if we we unpack our town centres.

    A free-for-all to turn everything into housing is bad news! We do need to build more housing. Why not ask the question "why are house builders not building enough housing"?

  • The battle of Norton Folgate: a victory for social media

    Michael Bach's comment 6 August, 2015 4:53 pm

    Projects "agreed" by planning officers that go to Committee with unresolved issues deserve to fail. Campaigns only succeed because these issues provide objectors with some traction. Schemes fail because no one has listened - public relations exercises/sussing out the opposition is so yesterday. To succeed developers have to listen to the community throughout the project development stage. Developers who don't listen leave themselves open to failure.

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