Monthly Archives: February 2020

Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (22 February 2020)

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 –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6242/applications_week_ending_22_february_2020.pdf

Appears to have been no planning applications this week.

Decisions (page 17) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6241/decisions_week_ending_22_february_2020.pdf

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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Greatham Walk scaffolding and poor communication? Again? (19 February 2019)

Background

There are major works (C6433) currently being undertaken in the Hyacinth neighbourhood. There have been various articles about these works and it has been mentioned that the communication could be better when it comes to working with residents.

Greatham Walk scaffolding

The following photos were taken on 13th February 2020 of the scaffolding being placed in Greatham Walk. Again, like the Ryefield Path car parking, there seems to have been no communication regarding these being undertaken? The Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents’ Association (SCGWRP RA) was busy highlighting this to the Council.

Letter from Ian Williams

On 19th February 2020, Ian Williams provided the following letter highlighting what was happening.

Why is it that residents seem to be managing the major works when they take place rather than the Council or the contractors themselves?

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Western Area Housing Panel – Small Improvement Budget (19 February 2020)

Background

Residents’ Associations have access to Council funding known as the Small Improvement Budget (SIB) – https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/housing/resident-involvement-with-housing-decisions/small-improvement-grants-for-council-estates/

The spend for these improvements is agreed at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) which is where Residents’ Associations come together to discuss various aspects – https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/housing/resident-involvement-with-housing-decisions/resident-participation-structure/

Improvements discussed at the WAHP

The following items were discussed and as it’s understood that all items were agreed.

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (15 February 2020)

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 –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6209/applications_week_ending_15_february_2020.pdf

Appears to have been no planning applications this week.

Decisions (page 19) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6210/decisions_week_ending_15_february_2020.pdf

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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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (8 February 2020)

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 19) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6184/applications_week_ending_8_february_2020.pdf

Decisions (page 19) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/6183/decisions_week_ending_8_february_2020.pdf

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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Alton East under car parking spaces siege – Pocklington Court

Background

This blog follows on from the blog article ‘Alton East under car parking spaces siege? – Ian Williams major works’ – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/alton-east-under-car-parking-spaces-siege-ian-williams-major-works/ .

As this blog is created the parking restrictions in front of this demolition site continue. This site is currently working towards the delivery of the Pocklington Court development (planning application 2018/0272).

Most of the following photos are to do with the following location – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’38.3%22N+0%C2%B014’27.6%22W/@51.443977,-0.241727,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!2sGreatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4439772!4d-0.2409858

Parking restriction

If you have seen the parking restriction signs, then you will know they state that the ‘Start Date’ is 6/1/20 and the ‘End Date’ is 24/1/20.

Well, at the moment they have been in place since 3/1/20 and today is the 8/2/20?!

This is taking out approximately eight car parking spaces. Readers will no doubt have their own views on the numbers of car parking spaces out of action.

Fencing on pavements

Not once, but twice, has Pocklington Court been approached by the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) for having fencing too far onto the pavement. In some places if one was in a wheelchair it would have posed a challenge to use the pavement.

This photo was taken in August 2019.

This photo was taken in December 2019 and the contractor’s van is on the pavement.

Large vehicle on pavement

It was recently referred to in another blog regarding large vehicles and the damage being done to the pavements – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/poor-pavements-result-in-wheelchair-whizzing-down-holybourne-avenue/ .

It is hoped the Council is keeping an eye on the quality of the pavement before and after the works.

This photo was taken in December 2019.

Tight squeeze for buses

The regeneration has not started and already trucks are competing with road space with buses!

This photo taken in December 2019.

Conclusion

Why is it that residents have to keep reviewing everything that goes on in the area? It seems that residents are the unpaid extension of the Council?

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Should Leaseholders be concerned about service charges and the Council’s management of it?

Background

Recently an article in the Guardian referred to the challenges of service charges in council properties and it seemed to echo many of the discussions which were had around retro-fitting water sprinklers into tower blocks.

The article, ‘Leaseholders facing ‘staggering’ bills for ex-council flats’, starts off with a mention of ‘Right-to-buy owners are up in arms after being charged £24k for a new communal heating system’ which, fortunately, at the time of this blog being written it’s understood that not (yet) have any such service charges been had on the Alton Estate, yet if that is incorrect please do let highlight this.

Link to the article – https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/feb/08/leaseholders-facing-staggering-bills-for-ex-council-flats

Service charge example

There has been a concern expressed by some leaseholders regarding the frequency of major works service charges. The following service charges have been paid for a two bed in the Fontley Way neighbourhood over the past 10 years:

Notes:

Did you notice?

There’s a few items to notice:

  • The last annual charge was the highest in 10 years.
  • There were no major works charges paid for in between 2010 and 2015.
  • Then major works charges will be paid for in years 2016, 2017 and 2020.

Could have been worse?

Well, this is a block that could have paid for retro-fitting of water sprinklers and if this had gone the Council’s way then maybe these would be paid for by now or in the process of being paid?

That would have been another potential £3,500 to £5,000?

Reviewing service charges

This blog has already referred to a suggestion of how one might be able to review one’s service charges and this is detailed at – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/do-you-ever-look-at-the-itemisation-of-your-service-charges/ .

One leaseholder reviews the estimated charge with the actual charge to see how they differ and if they differ too much then asks questions as to what has caused the variation. An example of how such a comparison has been made is below:

Conclusion

With such major works costs becoming more frequent in recent years along with unexpected additional costs (such as the additional service charge for the double glazing major works) is it any wonder that there’s scepticism with regards to how the Council seems to view leaseholders?

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Chilcombe House mud bath

Background

To further highlight the car parking constraints on the Alton East this blog features the pressures on the Fontley Way area. This has featured many times in various media and most recently in the article featuring emergency vehicle access – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/should-alton-estate-residents-be-concerned-about-emergency-vehicle-access/ .

The area by Chilcombe House has become a mud bath with vehicles driving some distance over the green area by the recycling bins.

The area being referred to – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’50.8%22N+0%C2%B014’35.4%22W/@51.447443,-0.2437836,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4474431!4d-0.2431654

Views towards Chilcombe House

Views away from Chilcombe House

How it appears to be happening?

The arrow in the following photo highlights what appears to the path that vehicles are taking to access this car parking area.

Conclusion

The proposed Fontley Way decant site (planning application 2019/4697) is going to be built very nearby and it poses queries regarding the regeneration in that it does impact residents not in the demolition area. Is the number of car parking places proposed by this planning application going to be anywhere sufficient to alleviate the current challenges for existing residents in this area?

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Ryefield Path car park – out of action for eight weeks?

Background

The Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents’ Association (SCGWRP RA) considered that the removal of use of the Ryefield Path car parking area without any means of communication to residents was unacceptable.

This being a follow on the article regarding the major works impact on car parking in the area which includes this area being referred to – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/alton-east-under-car-parking-spaces-siege-ian-williams-major-works/

This also follows on from the contractor communication blog article – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/could-council-contractors-communicate-better/

As such the letter below was produced.

The letter

Conclusion

The Council needs to be better at communicating with its residents. How can a car park be taken out of action with no communication to residents and no idea of the timescale?

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Should Alton Estate residents be concerned about emergency vehicle access?

Background

The Alton Regeneration Watch has been highlighting the potential situation of the difficulty that emergency vehicles may face if they need to access buildings on the Alton Estate.

This article provides some examples as consideration and it is hoped that such concerns are addressed by the Council and the respective ward Councillors.

Kimpton House

This blog highlighted that in 2018 there was some back and forth with the Council regarding yellow lines which were painted to improve access for emergency vehicles. This was done WITHOUT discussing this with the Kimpton House Residents’ Association (KHRA). When this was worked through with the KHRA there were amendments to what had been done which satisfied the requirement to have yellow lines to meet the Council’s ask AND allow more cars to be parked in the area. This being an example of the positive outcomes that can be achieved when the Council works with residents.

Link to the Council’s letter regarding the need to have yellow lines for emergency vehicle access – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/kimpton-house-yellow-lines-became-more-interesting/

The works were located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’51.9%22N+0%C2%B014’38.9%22W/@51.447752,-0.2447596,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4477523!4d-0.2441407

Farnborough House

Nearby to Kimpton House is Farnborough House which in 2019 had a gas leak and it appeared that emergency vehicles struggled to access to building?

Have a read of the July 2019 blog article regarding this –https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/farnborough-house-gas-leak-8-july-2019/

The emergency was located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’48.5%22N+0%C2%B014’37.0%22W/@51.446805,-0.2451731,561m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4468053!4d-0.2436029

Ibsley Gardens

Whilst the photo was within the Farnborough House blog article it might be worthwhile placing it within this article. You can just see the fire engines at the end of the road. Would the fire engines get past these parked vehicles?

Photo located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’46.0%22N+0%C2%B014’32.7%22W/@51.446121,-0.2434742,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4461209!4d-0.2424114

Hyacinth Road

Would a fire engine get between these vehicles? This road is a dead end with Hyacinth Road 1-12 at the end of it which is Sheltered Housing.

Photo located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’45.8%22N+0%C2%B014’26.7%22W/@51.446056,-0.2415007,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.446056!4d-0.2407378

In between Kimpton House and Farnborough Road

Would a fire engine be able to make it’s was in between the vehicles on the road? At a stretch the fire engine might nudge the red car out of the way to drive to Kimtpon House via the grassed area.

Photo located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’50.4%22N+0%C2%B014’38.5%22W/@51.44733,-0.2451273,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4473298!4d-0.2440327

Conclusion

It may have been noticed though three of the examples are in the same area as the proposed Fontley Way decant site (planning application 2019/4697). Another is nearby, this being the access to one of two access points to Fontley Way. To think that the pressures on car parking on the Alton Estate may not cause issues for emergency vehicle access is possibly taking a risk to resident’s safety?

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