Rear of Thirlmere House
Planning application : 2013/1614 and 1715
To be heard on the 6th November
This is a planning application for infill development in an estate car park to the rear of Thirlmere House. Its basically the car park/empty ground to the right as you walk up Church Walk from Newington Green. Essentially, apart from the effect on the flats themselves (overdevelopment) the issue is that it will affect the Mildmay Club by restricting its fire exits and from potential noise disputes from the new houses.
So apart from the necessary balancing act between the need for new housing and the effect that housing has on the general environment, the question might be how important is the Mildmay. Recently there has been some controversy about whether this surviving working men’s club has become too much the “property” of an aging management group that is resistant to change – or whether the current climate is no longer favourable to a club of this type. Whatever your views, this development will impact on the club and especially its ability to provide a venue for outside events whether parties, weddings or other.