Local Myatt’s Fields councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop have raised concerns about plans from a developer to potentially open new “dark kitchens” on the site of the Lilford Road business centre.
The company, AG Bloom, has submitted a planning application to create a new industrial complex on the site, currently occupied by run-down buildings.
While welcoming the idea of bringing new jobs to the area and bringing new life to the business centre, local councillors are concerned that the re-built blocks could be used for so-called “dark kitchens” – set up to provide only takeaway food – resulting in an increase in noise, pollution and traffic congestion in the area. After objections by local residents and councillors, the developer has submitted a revised application which will be consulted on until Monday 20 February: this continues to ask for traffic movement to and from the business centre for up to 16 hours a day.
Local councillors Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop said:
“We recognise that the Lilford Road business centre needs investment and a boost to the local economy would be welcome given these tough economic times.
“But we do have significant concerns about these proposals, particularly the suggestion that “dark kitchens” could be run from this residential location. This business model could significantly increase loud, constant traffic from early in the morning to late at night resulting in an ongoing nuisance to residents as well as a potential increase in pollution. These plans are in the total opposite direction to the Council’s recently announced intention to spend significant funds addressing traffic issues in the area and would exacerbate problems on roads that the borough has identified as being some of the worst in Lambeth.
“We understand that the developer has submitted a revised application following feedback from the community, but unfortunately it still fails to address the core problems with the original plans. According to the revised proposals, traffic movement will still be allowed at a constant pace for 16 hours a day during the week, as well as significant hours at the weekend.”
Cllr Gadsby and Gallop intend to submit a revised objection to the application. You can read the plans for the site and give your comments here.