February 2019    Whilst we are still sorry to see the demise of the present Edwardian building, we think the new version, without the metallic upper floor, is a big improvement on the first submission last February 2018.  Read our full response on the Planning page.


January 2019  This application has been backwards and forwards to WCC with various changes over the past year.  The current proposals for the latest planning application were unveiled at a public exhibition on site on Thursday, 17th January


6th February 2018   We are sad that this attractive brick-built building is to be demolished; it is surprising and unfortunate that none of the surrounding conservation areas cover this small area, which includes the nearby Grade 2 listed Greycoat Hospital School.

Read our full response here and go to the Planning page for a link to WCC to view the planning application :

We are of course unhappy that some dwellings in Emmanuel House and the probably residential first floor of the Greencoat Boy will suffer from reduced natural light.

We note the changes to the façade made since the public consultation, but we are disappointed that the corner facing Artillery Row has not changed significantly. It seems to us that this corner, identifying the entrance, will be a weak element in the façade, rather than the strongest.

The gradual increase in massing of the top floor roof element has diminished the quality of the façade. This element does not work well with the two contrasting glazing rhythms below.

The windows on the to residential floors are presumably openable – it would be good to have images of their appearance when open.

Car parking spaces: Estimate of one arrival and departure per day does not equate to a single car. It is not obvious to us that there is surplus residents’ parking provision. We would like to see a change in policy over allowing residents’ parking permits for new developments that are well-served by public transport.


Townsend House, Greycoat Place