Monthly Archives: May 2016

Roehampton University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 6)

What happened?

On Tuesday 24th May at the Roehampton Forum (RF) it was voted on and supported that the RF would object to planning application 2016/1385.

Some key moments are as follows;

Kimpton House residents attended and gave their views

Two residents from Kimpton House attended the meeting and provided their views about objecting to the cabins. One of the reasons being because of the noise that was coming from the cabins which had been reported to the University. A recording of this noise had been shared with the University and it seemed that only now, that day, that something had been done by the University to mitigate this noise.

These residents also highlighted that they had created a petition which had been signed by many residents in the Kimpton House building.

The question is, should it get to this stage before the University acts on residents concerns?

Two objections were circulated

These objections are on the the Council’s planning website and one was from The Putney Society and the other from a Kimpton House resident which included a reference to the noise that came from the cabins. Read them below though to see the full objections please refer to the Council website;

The Putney Society

“Roehampton University makes great play in its advertising of the fine historic landscape  setting of its major buildings.  Clearly this message didn’t get through to whoever thought  that a group of Portacabins would be a suitable setting for the Grade I* listed Parkstead  House. That these already exist without consent should not colour a proper assessment of  this application.  The question should be ‘if they did not exist, would you give consent?’ The  only possible answer to that is NO, not even on a supposedly temporary consent.

The gestation period for the other recent developments by the university at Downshire  House and on the Main Campus shows that it takes more than three years from the first  consultation to completion.  Unless there is already an approved plan for permanent teaching space for the Psychology department then there will be another ‘temporary’  application three years hence.

The fact that this is an application for ‘retention’ of buildings erected without consent by a university supposedly well versed in dealing with planning applications and listed buildings should be all the more reason to treat it with proper consideration of both long and short  term impact.  If they are seen to ‘get away with it’, what chance of enforcement against anyone else?

Our local members report that far from there being surplus parking, the spaces in front of Parkstead House are often full, and that there is a problem with students parking in the  surrounding residential streets.  All this before the additional rooms at Downshire House come on stream.

 * Grade I is of course reserved only for around 3% of the very best of our history”.

Kimpton House resident

“I’m a resident of Kimpton house and am agent the proposal for three reasons 1) the cabins were put there without prior approval. 2) the noise!!! I occasionally work nights and sleep interested day I’ve been woken several times by loud cheering and screams coming from them. I live on the 4 floor so adding to the hight will bring the noise closer. 3) Parking is atrocious on the estate and a large factor is staff and students parking here because there isn’t enough parking in the college the cabins are already on top of parking spaces they should not be extended they should be taken down”.

Majority vote

There was an overwhelming vote in favour of objecting. Two noticeable votes against were by Councillor Carpenter and Reverend McKinney.

The question is, of those whom voted against the motion, whom do they represent, the University or the residents?

Resident car parking

On the topic of car parking, that is, students parking their cars on the Alton Estate as the result of the University not permitting car parking on its premises, the University mentioned that maybe it was time for residents only car parking which could encourage students to not bring their cars.

The questions are; why should this be the resident’s problem to solve? The University knowingly has a premises which has two entrances that are landlocked by the Alton Estate, should it be its problem to solve rather than making a resident problem? This is well summed up in another objection, also by a Kimpton House resident and the extract is below;

“Residents will rightly feel aggrieved if the Committee were to accept the absurd notion that parking on the roads closest to the University does not pose any difficulty. That is not the case as the relative ease in finding a parking space out of term time is quite apparent. Those residents who expressed a view in about 2008 on whether they wanted a controlled parking zone (permit scheme)in the area to give them priority in on-street parking decisively rejected such a move – and my vote was also to reject a CPZ. This was probably because they thought it unreasonable that they should be forced down that route of having to pay to park as a result of student parking. The University should accept that their short-sighted approach will not endear them to residents should they feel that such a solution is the only way to make parking easier!”

How many objections are there now?

There are now 13 responses of which there are 12 objections, and 11 objections are from Alton Estate residents.

We are aware that there are at least two more objections which have not yet been uploaded, one being the petition from Kimpton House.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Upcoming event – The Base Open Day 23rd June 2016

Please find below details of The Base Open Day.

Greetings, Parents / Guardians!

My name is Pat Ingram, and I’m looking forward to having your child attend our center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 0208 871 5222. I have listed some useful information about our centers and upcoming event, below.

Open Day 

I would like to invite you to Roehampton Base Open day. Come and see what our programmes can offer your young person, our drop-in sessions and our weekly activities are aimed at inspiring and developing individuals.

You are encouraged to attend this event with your young person.

Date:                     Thursday 23rd June 2016

Time:                     10.00-9.00pm                                                                                     6.00-9.00pm

Location:             33-35 Danebury Avenue Roehampton & 36 Holybourne Avenue SW15

Types of activities 

Here is a sample of our Weekly activities.

Zumba, keep-fit, football, Music, Guitar lessons, CV Writing, Apprenticeships, Speak out debate group, Job search, University applications, arts & crafts, Cooking, Tennis,

Tutoring and much much more…

Volunteers 

We always welcome volunteers in our centers. We appreciate any time and talent you have to share with us.

Thank you for your help and support. I know it will be a fun and successful day for all. I look forward to meeting you at our Open day.

Best regards,

Pat Ingram”

Upcoming event – WAC (Wandsworth Anti-austerity Campaign) next meeting on Tuesday June 7th

Please find below details of the next WAC meeting;

“WAC (Wandsworth Anti-austerity Campaign) next meet on Tues June 7th

The next WAC, or Wandsworth Anti-austerity Campaign (formerly Wandsworth Against Cuts) meeting will be on Tuesday 7th June at 6pm. The meeting will need to finish by 7.30pm, and so please be there by 6pm for a promp start.

The venue will be the PCS Building, 160 Falcon Rd, SW11 2LN. It’s right next to Clapham Junction station. Entrance can be accessed via the car park, that you can enter via Falcon Road (opposite Falcon Lane).

Topics to be discussed will include the ongoing Alton Activity Centre campaign and the refugee situation in Wandsworth.

I’ve included a brand new You Tube video of interviews that covers the cuts that Wandsworth council are enforcing, as well as the Alton Activity Centre itself. Please watch and share widely.
Wandsworth Anti-austerity Campaign (WAC)

07905 35 2221 

https://sites.google.com/site/wandsagainstcuts/

https://www.facebook.com/WandsworthAgainstCuts?fref=ts

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgNrGFnwd3U

Roehampton University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 5)

As the planning application 2016/1385 progresses more information comes to hand and more people are getting interested in this. An Alton Estate resident in Woodcott House has reviewed Roehampton University’s car parking information and it is worth a read.

One comment that grabs the attention is;

“Demand for car parking at the University often outweighs supply.  We therefore request all potential parking permit applicants to explore alternative travel options before making an application for a parking permit”.

Seems to indicate that car parking spaces are required and if not on the University then where do they go?

Another comment that grabbed the attention is;

“No Student Parking Monday to Friday 0830 – 1630hrs from 1st September – 31st May and this includes any academic break periods.

 No parking is offered to students at Digby Stuart, Froebel, Southlands, Whitelands, Downshire House and Mount Clare from 0830 – 1630hrs.  At 1630hrs students may park on site to reduce congestion in local off street parking”.

So, if the cars are not able to be parked on the University grounds, then where do these cars go?

One suggestion is that they likely end up on the Alton Estate? Part 3 of these articles seem to indicate that they are parked on the Alton Estate?

Another is that they end up in and around the Dover House Road area? This was mentioned at The Putney Society organised event held at Roehampton University on 24th September 2015.

To read the University’s car parking guidance notes go to –

http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Campus/Security-Service/Parking-and-Transport/Parking-on-Campus/

Fascinating then that the planning application is to maintain cabins on what is being claimed as surplus car parksing, according to the Boyer’s cover letter (this being the agent lodging the application) dated 10 March 2015;

 “Prior to the introduction of the portacabins on the site the existing car park was rarely used due to there being a number of car parks in more accessible locations across the Whitelands College Campus. Although 46 no. car parking spaces are lost through the introduction of the portacabins, 78 no. car parking spaces still remain within 130 m of the application site. It has been established that even with the loss of these spaces there is still spare car parking capacity on the site”.

The University shrinks its capacity for car parking whilst students have to find somewhere, other than the University to park their cars. Is that acceptable to the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward residents?

Not only that, it looks like if a student, or anyone else for that matter, is caught parking on the University grounds then they are issued with a Penalty Charge Notice;

 “Enforcement

Any vehicle parked on the Roehampton University estate in breach of the Security Policy will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) The PCN is issued through an external agency”.

Given that we’ve heard that Alton Estate residents are now being fined for parking on estate footpaths due to a lack of parking spaces, a question has to be asked about whether the Alton Estate can sustain be used as a car park by non-residents?

Don’t forget to lodge your views regarding the planning application. Part 1 and Part 2 mentioned below provide information on how to go about this.

Related articles

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Roehampton University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 4)

Referring to part 3, the photo below was taken late yesterday when these planning notices regarding application 2016/1385 were put up. There are at least six of these notices in and around the following maisonettes;

  • Hersham Close 1-39
  • Hersham Close 41 to 71
  • Hersham Close 73-95
  • Bordon Walk 1 to 23
  • Bordon Walk 2 to 24
  • Holybourne Avenue 2-24

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Comments received so far?

At the time of typing this blog entry there were 11 comments that have been received so far, of which 10 are objections.

  • 2 objections from groups – The Putney Society, Alton Regeneration Watch
  • 8 objections from individuals – seven of which are by Alton Estate residents.
  • 1 comment by Historic England.

Related articles

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Roehampton University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 3)

In order to get a better feel for the car parking around the Roehampton University entrance on Holybourne Avenue and Bordon Walk some before and after photos were taken.

The before photos

At 7am today there were six cars parked on Holybourne Avenue

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Also, for good measure a photo was taken of Bordon Walk. Again, there were seven cars parked. So, in these area there were 13 parked cars.

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The after photos

At 12:30, the amount of parked cars on Holybourne Avenuw grew from six to 15. These cars had to come from somewhere and it is doubtful that these belong to residents all coming back from nightshift. So where did these cars come from?

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Bordon Walk grew from seven parked cars to nine. That makes 24 parked cars, up from 13 this morning.

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Anything else that should be considered?

This does not factor in any cars that were in the earlier photos which may not have been in the later photos.

Also, residents must not forget that at the end of Holybourne Avenue at the intersection of Danebury Avenue this is where the regeneration will take place and to date car parking plans have not been produced.

The top of Holybourne Avenue as it turns into Ibsley Gardens needs to be reviewed as there were a lot of cars there too which was not the case earlier this morning.

Related articles;

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Alton Area Regeneration Newsletter – May 2016

The May Alton Area Regeneration newsletter was received on Sunday May 15th.

To have a read of this newsletter and past newsletters click on this sentence.

The May newsletter is titled “201605 Alton Area Regeneration News”.

Some comments that have been received regarding this newsletter have been.

Page 1

  • Alton Goes Ancient! Was on the 14th May so why was this received on May 15th?
  • “At least 37, or just under a third, are overcrowded”. Should it really take a regeneration to understand whether Council homes are over crowded?
  • “The rest have either yet to make up their mind, express a preference either way, or inform the council”. How many is this rest? Roeregeneration estimates that this “rest” is at least half.

Page 2

  • It is well known that many residents on the Alton Estate do not have internet access which has been highlighted in the past, which poses challenges for communicating to many Alton estate residents. With this in mind and the deeper pockets of the Council it has to be asked how Facebook and Instagram will be complemented to accommodate such further communication to this disenfranchised part of the estate community?

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk