The planning application for a ‘Pergola on the Roof’ of Putney Exchange has been withdrawn. These roof top bars and food courts are proving very popular in other areas of London and have appealed specifically to millennials, but have also had great national and even international press. It seems that the concept was perhaps misunderstood and there was a lot of false information being passed around local residents. Positively Putney is funded by Putney businesses to improve Putney and for that reason we submitted a general comment to the planning department with our support for new initiatives that add something different to Putney, and potentially bring in both footfall and public exposure. Of course we do not want local residents to be kept up all night due to loud music being pumped out from the car park roof but the information we received was that the company was very well managed and all late night issues of noise, and anti-social behaviour would be dealt with.
The statement below from the Exchange Shopping Centre manager explains in further detail why they have withdrawn the application.
“Given the almost unprecedented level of negative comment in circulation on various forums in respect of the Pergola on the Roof proposals for the roof-top car park at The Exchange Shopping Centre, Putney, after careful consideration the applicant and Centre owners have decided to withdraw the current planning application for this development. Whilst, disappointingly, a lot of comment was ill-informed and inaccurate, not least because the proposed concept didn’t appear to be well understood, it is clear that the proposals triggered much debate and feedback understandably from those residents living in close proximity to The Exchange. Encouragingly, however, there was plenty of ‘in principle’ support for these proposals, not least from the local planning authority, many local residents and The Putney Society.
Putney town centre faces some very real challenges, particularly from a retail perspective and the structural shift in shopping patterns that continues to evolve, and foremost in our minds as significant stakeholders in Putney is preserving and, where possible, enhancing the vitality and commercial viability of the town centre to arrest the decline in the environment that is there for all to see. We fully believe that the development of Pergola on the Roof at The Exchange would be a terrific addition to the current ‘offer’ in and around Putney High Street and so we remain committed to submitting revised proposals for further comment in due course, which reflect the constructive comments that have been received in relation to the current proposals. It is, therefore our intention to fully take on board such views and work closely and positively to address these legitimate concerns with a view to re-working the proposals for re-submission later this year to create an exciting, high-quality and well-run bar/dining concept for Putney and the wider community.”