Monthly Archives: November 2018

Storage space for Resident Associations?

Possible storage space for Residents Associations(RAs)?

There is a disparity between RAs in what they maybe be able to achieve due to various factors, such as whether they have their own community centre, such as the Putney Vale Residents Association (PVRA), or whether a room that is no longer utilised can be turned into storage space. Some RAs do not have such advantages which might limit what they can do, for instance, one RA has summer furniture which they can store in a room which used to be used for something which is now no longer the case.

Examples being…………….

The Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) might be able to use one of the various storage rooms which are not being used in the various alleyways behind the maisonettes – https://www.google.com/maps/dir//51.4486186,-0.2408354/@51.4483823,-0.2401259,145m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

The following photos are a couple of examples.

The Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA) might be able to use the one located in between Fontley Way 1-20 and Ibsley Gardens 110-148 – https://www.google.com/maps/dir//51.4461881,-0.2436298/@51.4463448,-0.2442856,152m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

The following is a picture of the area.

The Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents Association (SCGWRPRA) might be able to use the storage facilities in Foxcombe Road – https://www.google.com/maps/dir//51.4461991,-0.240001/@51.4459889,-0.2409051,150m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

The following pictures are of the area.

Next steps

It’s been discussed with the Council and the Council is to look into this.

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Possible path improvement in Ibsley neighbourhood?

Possible path improvement in the Ibsley neighbourhood

In a Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) there was discussion regarding the possibility of having a path placed through the green area which is bordered by Hersham Close, Shawford Court and Eastleigh Walk.

If assists, the following googlemap link highlights where this path might be located – https://www.google.com/maps/dir//51.4481875,-0.239801/@51.4483816,-0.240994,227m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

What’s the reason?

A suggestion was for quicker access to the bus stop – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shawford+Court+(Stop+D)/@51.4483816,-0.240994,227m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m16!1m10!4m9!1m3!2m2!1d-0.2392269!2d51.4477653!1m3!2m2!1d-0.239801!2d51.4481875!3e0!3m4!1s0x48760ede9366d31d:0x81915ecfb1cf8a3!8m2!3d51.4482118!4d-0.2389225

Some photos to highlight the example

The first is a photo without the path.

The other two photos are to highlight how the path might look.

How’s this to be funded?

It would be through the Small Improvement Budget (SIB).

What is SIB?

Rather than explain it in this blog have a read on the Council’s website – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200561/resident_involvement/1645/small_improvement_grants_for_housing_estates

What do you think of the idea?

If you have any thoughts about the idea, then please do let us know.

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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (27 October 2018)

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 Borough Council’s (WBC) 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 (page 21) – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13743/applications_week_ending_27_october_2018

Application Number: 2018/4873,

  • Address: 42 Roehampton Gate, SW15 5JS,
  • Proposal: Non-material amendment to planning permission dated 31/08/2016 ref 2016/3919 (for demolition of existing house and outbuidlings. Erection of a detached three-storey house (with top floor within roofspace) with additional floorspace at basement level, with roof terraces at first and second floor rear) to reposition the main front entrance/canopy.

Application Number: 2018/4942,

  • Address: 51 Stroud Crescent, SW15 3EL,
  • Proposal: Erection of mansard roof extension to main rear roof including raising the ridge by 250mm.

Application Number: 2018/4962,

  • Address: Vehicle Rapid Charging Point On Pavement East Of 128 Roehampton Vale SW15 3RX
  • Proposal: Installation of a Rapid Charging Point, feeder pillar and associated works on the pedestrian footway.

Decisions (pages 21 and 22) – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13744/decisions_week_ending_27_october_2018

Application Number: 2018/2298,

  • Address: 142 Priory Lane, SW15 5JP,
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing house and erection of three-storey 6-bedroom dwelling with associated landscaping, cycle and refuse storage and parking with vehicular access from Roehampton Gate.

Application Number: 2018/4696,

  • Address: Communication Mast 240 on Roof Top of Binley House Street Furniture Highcliffe Drive SW15 4PY
  • Proposal: Notification of intention to install 6no. antennas and upgrade to ancillary equipment.

Application Number: 2018/4185,

  • Address: 4 Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LX,
  • Proposal: Installation of replacement double glazed crittal windows to front and rear elevations. Internal alterations including formation of new openings, replacement fireplace and new internal doors.

Application Number: 2018/4220,

  • Address: 2 Umbria Street, SW15 5DP,
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection single-storey extensions in connection with use as a three bedroom house; associated landscaping, cycle and refuse storage; provision of off street parking with access from Nepean Street.

Application Number: 2018/4180,

  • Address: 4 Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LX,
  • Proposal: Installation of replacement double glazed crittal windows to front and rear elevations.

Application Number: 2018/2569,

  • Address: Putney Vale Cemetery, Kingston Road, SW15 3SB,
  • Proposal: Details of materials pursuant to conditions 2 & 3 of planning permission dated 15/03/2018 ref 2018/0073 and listed building dated 15/03/2018 ref 2018/0091 [The cleaning and restoration of the stonework and metal entrance gates into Putney Vale Cemetery. The installation of the original mounting block with a granite sett surround within the pavement outside the cemetery gates with the installation of an information board. The removal of existing fences around the existing milestone with the addition of a new paving strip within the existing footpath to highlight the milestone.]

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Path improvement by Shawford Court

Have you seen the path improvement by Shawford Court 11-32?

This path improvement was suggested some time back in the roeregeneration blog – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/path-improvement-by-shawford-court/

The Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) took this forward via the Small Improvement Budget (SIBs).

Before photos

Unfortunately, there was an area where there used to be a recycling bin though this has been removed some time ago and it was thought that this area could be regressed in keeping with the green of the area.  The following photo highlights what the area was like.

Where the gate was positioned left the area prone to fly tipping.

After photos

The area has been much improved through the use of the SIB. In the background is Shawford Court 11-32.

In the background is Hersham Close 41-71.

What is SIB?

Rather than explain it in this blog have a read on the Council’s website – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200561/resident_involvement/1645/small_improvement_grants_for_housing_estates

When was this agreed?

It was agreed at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) meeting of 17th July 2018 .

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Sprinklers, landlords and the National Landlords Association

Sprinklers and landlords

Often when the retro fitting of water sprinklers is discussed the topic is referred to in terms of tenants (which are council tenants) and leaseholders (though usually the reference is with regards to resident leaseholders). Though less frequently is the topic moved onto away leaseholders.

By the numbers

The away leaseholders represent a large percentage of the number of impacted properties. From Paper 17-269 it states ‘Wandsworth Council has 99 blocks of ten storeys or more containing 6,401 residential flats and maisonettes – 4,043 tenanted, 1,315 resident leaseholders and 1,043 away leaseholders’.

Source – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s52192/Update%20on%20fire%20safety%20arrangements%20in%20Wandsworth%20Councils%20housing%20stock.pdf

That means that 16% of the total amount of 6,401 are away leaseholders, and they represent 44% of the 2,358 total amount of impacted leasehold properties. Many of these away leaseholders will likely rent out the property though some may have it as a second home.

Who is the National Landlords Association (NLA)?

A landlord may be a member of the NLA. If they are, it might be an idea if they could lobby the NLA to be involved in the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT). One away leaseholder is currently attempting this and the more that join in on the lobbying might be beneficial is taking this option forward.

Link to the NLA website – https://landlords.org.uk/

The Wandsworth representative is Karen Gregory and her details can be found at the following link – https://landlords.org.uk/in-my-area/london

Problem accessing away leaseholders?

Some of the feedback heard is that tenants of away leaseholders in many cases have not been helpful as they do not wish to be involved, or they do not want to give the details of their landlord or estate agent (maybe they think they are to be reported for something?).

What might be suggested to tenants and estate agents to aid assistance in contacting away leaseholders?

The October Homelife magazine provides good material which can be used in discussions with the tenants and estate agents. If they are aware that it is now likely that they may have to be home for two days whilst the installation is completed and then home one day a year for the annual inspection this might encourage the tenant and the estate agent to inform the away leaseholder.

Link to thoughts and comments about the October Homelife magazine – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/homelife-wandsworth-councils-housing-newsletter-october-2018/

Bear in mind

Away leaseholders would likely only be seeing the generic letters received from the Council with regards to the proposed retro fitting of water sprinklers and not the detail of what is involved. For instance, if based overseas they may not have seen the October Homelife magazine.

As a minimum, away leaseholders might be needed for assistance with raising funds for legal representation at the FTPT.

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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (20 October 2018)

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 Borough Council’s (WBC) 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 (page 17) – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13735/applications_week_ending_20_october_2018

Application Number: 2018/4800,

  • Address: 59 Stroud Crescent, SW15 3EL,
  • Proposal: Erection of a single-storey side extension.

Decisions (page 23) – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13736/decisions_week_ending_20_october_2018

Application Number: 2018/4049,

  • Address: Crosshaven, 4 Coppice Drive, SW15 5BW,
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection of part single, part two-storey front, side and rear extensions; erection of replacement roof including raising the ridge by 1.0m; erection of dormer windows to front, side and rear roof slopes; use of garage as habitable accommodation and installation of a replacement window, raising of chimney stacks.

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Major works impact on usual annual service charges?

Estimated service charges

Leaseholders receive estimated service charges for the following year. An example is below and you’ll notice that the service charge is divided into block and estate charges.

Actual service charges

Then when it comes time to pay for the service charges, there is a another version of the breakdown of the service charges which reflects the actual service charges. An example is below though note that this time there is total sum of charges rather than just the property charge. For instance, the repairs cost of £5,699.52 is for the entire block and the £132.23 is for the individual property.

Did you notice anything about the comparisons?

The block costs for the ‘electricity’ might have jumped out at you, it went from an estimated charge of £42.00 to an actual charge of £56.77. It does not seem a lot though that’s an increase of 35%.

Major works impact on annual service charge?

The service charges referred to in this example had double glazing installation during this period and maybe this has inflated the service charge? In other words there may have been a double hit, which has been to pay for the major works and for additional expenses for the major works through annual service charge. It’s wondered what other major works costs might impact the annual service charge?

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