Archive | October 2016

Query regarding discretionary assistance with service charges (part 2)

This is a follow up to the original queries and answers regarding the discretionary assistance with service charges.

The questions have been raised at the whatdotheyknow website at the following article –

follow up to “Request for Information – 2016/13736 – Discretionary Assistance – Service Charges

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Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

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The case of the missing cattle trough (part 6) – queries to TfL

Given that the cattle trough had been located in the ward since 1896 and was taken during a process when it was possibly going to be locally listed, residents are owed a bit more detail. The below is a Request for Information to TfL regarding the missing cattle trough.

“Recently a cattle trough which had been residing in the same spot since 1896 in Norstead Place SW15 was recently removed. Wandsworth Borough Council has stated that the land on which the cattle trough was located belongs to the TFL.

With regards to this cattle trough can the following questions please be provided.

1. Whom has taken the cattle trough?
2. What was the reason for removing the cattle trough?
3. When did discussions regarding starting to remove the cattle trough begin?
4. When did discussions with Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) begin regarding the removal of the cattle trough?
5. The discussions with WBC, what did these entail? For instance, did WBC wish to keep the trough in its current location or was it in favour of having the trough removed?
6. Did TFL inform WBC that the trough was being removed?
7. If the answer to question 6 is yes, please state on what date this was communicated with WBC?
8. Can TfL please provide details of the person/group whom it liaised with whom now has possession of the cattle trough so that local amenity groups could contact this person/group regarding the removal of the cattle trough?”

Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/request_for_information_cattle_t_2#outgoing-592438

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Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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Roehampton August crime figures

Roehampton August crime figures recently came out. Have a look and see what’s happening around you.

You can zoom in to have a closer look at what is happening quite close to your home.

You can find it here – https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000621/crime/+kUuVfy/

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Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – October 22nd

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Council planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications have been made regarding the following properties (page 26);

Application No: 2016/6069

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 0
  • Date Registered: 19 October 2016
  • Address: Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club Priory Lane, SW15 5JH
  • Proposal: Details of a community use agreement pursuant to condition 4 of planning permission dated 21st October 2014, ref 2014/3865 (Redevelopment of sporting facilities including a new all-weather artificial pitch; two new covered stands (located at the northern and southern end of the pitch and providing a total of 425 seats); new netting to existing posts; new landscaping and three digital LED advertisement displays).
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Rosslyn Park Football Club, Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JH
  • Agent
  • Officer dealing with this application: Julia Kelly
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 8413

Decisions have been made regarding the following properties (page 29);

Application No: 2016/4066 W

  • Decided on: 18/10/2016
  • Date Registered: 27/07/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 8 Horndean Close, SW15 4BE
  • Proposal: Erection of single storey rear extension.
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr Brian Reilly, Frogmore Depot, Dormay Street, Reed House, Wandsworth, SW18 1EY
  • Agent: Wandsworth Council Design Service, Wandsworth Council Design Service, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth Hight Street, SW18 2PU
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/1538 W

  • Decided on: 20/10/2016
  • Date Registered: 30/09/2016 Legal Agreement : N
  • Address: 5 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JX
  • Proposal: Variation of condition 12 of planning permission dated 23 August 2012 ref 2012/2371 (Demolition of existing house. Erection of new three-storey house (top floor in roof) with basement and first floor rear roof terraces) to remove the requirement to adhere to Code for Sustainable Homes, and instead replace with new requirements to meet the necessary reductions in CO2 emissions and maximum water use.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr Peter Farrell, 54 Ringmer Avenue, London SW6 5AB
  • Agent: Mr Colin Banner, Paddock Johnson Partnership, 2 The Lyceum, Bath Street, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Cheshire CH62 4UJ
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

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Contact

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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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

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Query regarding discretionary assistance with service charges

Interesting reading this, especially if you’re a leaseholder you may remember that there used to be assistance for service charges that exceeded £10k in a five year period. Well, have a read of the below and does anyone else find the timing of the amendment to this assistance a bit annoying given the major works spends going on at the moment on the Alton Estate?

“Request for Information – 2016/13736 – Discretionary Assistance – Service  Charges

I refer to your request for information received on 06/10/2016.  Please  see the information below in response to your request: –

Reviewing the “Leaseholder Guide: A handbook on leasehold ownership” the  latest version which is on the Council website (version H. 1487 (7.16)) it  omits the following text (page 22, from version H.1487 (11.12)) ;

“A reduction in your service charges: In certain circumstances, the council may be able to reduce the amount you have to pay for major works, but only if your total service charges for works in the past five years  comes to more than £10,000. If this is the case, the council will automatically, send you an application form to apply for a reduction. You should note that service charge reductions are discretionary, and apply to repairs, maintenance and improvements works. Garden maintenance and certain other works are excluded.”

With respect to the above, can the following questions please be answered.

  1. When was the last time this £10,000 discretionary option was utilised?

Answer: Under these directions the last reduction was made in December 2015.

  1. How many times in the past 10 years has this £10,000 option been utilised?

Answer: Three reductions have been made in the last 10 years under these  directions.

  1. Of these uses in the past 10 years, please detail which council estates have benefited from this and how often.

Answer: There have been three deductions in the last ten years, one at the  Doddington East Estate, one at a Tooting infill block and one at the  Wayford Street Estate.

  1. Given that the text referring to the £10,000 is no longer in the Leaseholders Guide, does this mean that the discretionary use of this option is no longer applicable?

Answer: The text has changed in the Leaseholders Guide because new directions came into force allowing for a reduction by an amount the landlord considers to be reasonable rather than a maximum of £10,000 in a 5 year period.

  1. If no longer applicable, can the information as to the reasons for its removal please be provided.

Answer: See response to question 4 above.

  1. If more versions of this document have been published in between the versions referred to, can these please be shared.

Answer: There are no other versions of this document published between 11.12 and 07.16”.

Source: What do they know website – Query regarding discretionary assistance with service charges amounting to £10k over the past five years

We are thinking to follow up with more queries regarding this. If you would like a question asked, please let us know by this Friday 28th October.

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.

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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

Queries to the University about car parking

Given the recent series of planning applications by Roehampton University the following questions have been raised with this institution.

“As a resident of the Alton Estate and the recent acknowledgement by the University of Roehampton that it does “understand the pressure on parking cars in Roehampton” (as stated as part of planning application 2016/5377 letter dated 14th September 2016 signed by Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr) following queries are asked of the University;

  1. What is the current maximum capacity of resident students in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward that the University can accommodate?
  1. Has the University conducted any analysis of how many of these resident students have a car?
  1. If the answer to question 2 is yes, can the University share this analysis?
  1. If the answer to question 2 is no, can the University explain the reason for not having done this?
  1. If the answer to question 2 is no, does the University have plans to conduct such an analysis?
  1. If the answer to question 5 is no, what is the explanation for not conducting such an analysis?
  1. Given that resident students are not permitted to park their cars on campus can the University provide an explanation of where the resident students park their cars?
  1. If the answer to question 7 is no, does the University intend to carry out such an analysis?
  1. If the answer to question 8 is no, then please explain the reason for not doing so.
  1. Regarding the wording “we strongly discourage students from bringing their cars on campus” it is asked that the University detail how it discourages students from parking on campus.
  1. Regarding the wording “The University’s contract with resident students prohibits them from applying for a residents parking permit in the local area”, is the University aware that such permits are limited to a very small part of Roehampton as highlighted by the following Council webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200459/parking_zones/218/locations_of_parking_zones/11 ?
  1. Given that planning application 2016/1385 and 2016/4901 are connected to this planning application in that they involve car parking as a concern as expressed by residents. Will the University seek to address these concerns with residents?
  1. If the answer to question 12 is yes, then please explain how this will be done.

14. If the answer to question 13 is no, then please explain the reason for not doing so”.

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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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

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The case of the missing cattle trough (part 5)

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Yesterday the patch of gravel that was left after the removal of the cattle trough on Norstead Place was repaired, as the above picture highlights.

Please leave your views as to whether the cattle trough should be returned.

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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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – October 15th

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Council planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Two applications have been made by Wandsworth Council. Two decisions have been made and one is a refusal.

Applications have been made regarding the following properties (page 50);

Application No: 2015/7110

  • TEAM: E
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 17
  • Date Registered: 10 October 2016
  • Address: Roehampton Playing Fields, Dover House Road, Press Notice(s) Site Notice(s)
  • Proposal: Erection of 3.6m high perimeter boundary fence.
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Westmead Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Wandsworth Borough Council, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU
  • Agent: London Borough Wandsworth, Design Service, Town Hall, High Street, Wandsworth
  • Greater London, SW18 2PU, United Kingdom
  • Officer dealing with this application: Sam Nevin
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 7372

Application No: 2016/5949

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 56
  • Date Registered : 14 October 2016
  • Address : Stag House, Putney Vale, Youth Centre, Stroud Crescent, SW15 3EJ
  • Press Notice(s) Site Notice(s)
  • Proposal: Demolition of community centre and erection of 3/4 storey building to provide 21 flats including warden flat and communal living spaces; reduction in size of adjacent multi-use games area to create circulation and access space, balconies to all elevations, associated cycle and refuse storage and landscaping. Retention of 27 car parking spaces alongside the games area.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: London Borough of Wandsworth, C/o Agent
  • Agent: Mr Michael Bottomley, Tibbalbs Planning and Urban Design, 19 Maltings Place, London, SE1 3JB
  • Officer dealing with this application: Cathy Molloy
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 6913

Decisions have been made regarding the following properties (page 21);

Application No: 2016/4723 W

  • Decided on: 10/10/2016
  • Date Registered: 17/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: Kennel Lodge, 55 Roehampton High Street, SW15 4HH
  • Proposal: Erection of two-storey rear and side extensions
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Westmead Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr John Solomon, Kennel Lodge, 55 Roehampton High Street, London SW15 4HH
  • Agent: Mr John Solomon, Kennel Lodge, 55 Roehampton High Street, London SW15 4HH,
  • Decision: Refuse
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/3711 W

  • Decided on: 12/10/2016
  • Date Registered: 24/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: Flat Top, Floor 32, Roehampton High Street, SW15 4HJ
  • Proposal: Erection of rear roof terrace above two storey back addition with 1.8m high screen surround
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Roehampton Village Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr & Mrs A Garforth, Flat Top Floor, 32 Roehampton High Street, LONDON, SW15 4HJ
  • Agent: TG Architecture Limited, 1 Milner Walk, London, SE9 2HS
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Click on this sentence to take you to the Weekly List of planning applications and decisions.

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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Alton Area Regeneration News – September 2016

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It is great to see that finally there is an emphasis on fly tipping in the area. The ARW has been highlighting many examples which have needed to be addressed. Such examples are highlighted below;

https://twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/770710767603683328

https://twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/766358791273275392

https://twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/766342228176494592

https://twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/765250662477262849

To read the September newsletter click on this sentence.

Relevant documents of interest:

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Roehampton University planning application 2016/5377

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It seems that Roehampton University is again testing the parameters of what is acceptable with regards to student car parking requirements. There was the portacabins by Whitelands College (2016-1385) then the Travel Plan (2016-4901).

As far as we know, there are hardly any resident parking permits in the local area.

The link below refers to the areas that do have such restrictions, these being the location of parking zones.

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200459/parking_zones/218/locations_of_parking_zones/11

Questions to consider:

  • What is the point discouraging students from parking in the area, as these are only words?
  • Are students really restricted from parking in the area? They could still park their car on the Alton Estate.
  • This plan is to do with Elm Grove Students Halls and that is 358 rooms. Imagine if 10% of these students have cars, that is 36 cars, and where do they park?
  • Is this the University really taking responsibility for its own requirements?

How to comment on a planning application

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/1369/commenting_on_a_planning_application

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Contact

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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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch