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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (28 April 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 23)

Application Number: 2018/1818,

  • Address : Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LR,
  • Proposal: Details of Construction Management Plan pursuant to condition 5 of planning permission dated 08/03/2018 ref 2017/5493 [Demolition of existing indoor tennis dome near the north-western corner of the site and the erection of a replacement indoor tennis dome structure to provide 3 x indoor tennis courts with ancillary toilet facilities, plant and viewing gallery.]

Decisions (page 20)

 Application Number: 2018/1015,

  • Address : 6 Nepean Street, SW15 5DW,
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection of rear and side dormers.

Click on this sentence to take you to the Weekly List of 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.

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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 your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

  • Claire Gilbert – cllr.c.gilbert@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

 Or email your local Member of Parliament at;

  • Justine Greening – greeningj@parliament.uk

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Ward Councillor’s portfolios…who looks after what?

Well, now that 2018 Borough Local Elections are out of the way, what portfolios do the Roehampton & Putney Heath Councillors have?

Councillor Claire Gilbert

Has three appointments to;

Councillor Jeremy Ambache

Has four appointments to;

Councillor Sue McKinney

Has seven appointments to;

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Temple in Minstead Gardens – can more be done to look after it?

Sadly, it seems the new chicken coop fencing protecting the Temple has not lasted. Can more be done (by Roehampton University?) to protect this local item of interest?

Where possible photos regarding the Temple will updated into an album. Click on this sentence to see the photos.

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Roehampton Parish Hall planning application goes to Planning Committee (24 May 2018)

At the forthcoming Planning Applications Committee on 24 May 2018, the Roehampton Parish Hall (otherwise known as the Cornerstone to many local residents) planning application is going to be discussed. 

This is planning application 2017/6304 and the proposal for the planning application is;

“Alterations in connection with temporary change of use of ground floor and part basement/first floor levels from non residentail institutions (Class D1) to office (Class B1); associated landscaping and provision of two dedicated accessible parking spaces. Installation of vehicle barrier. Provision of refuse/cycle storage”.

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Councillor Malcolm Grimston’s 10+ storey block update (2 May 2018)

The latest update from Councillor Malcolm Grimston was received today with regards to the proposed retro-fitting of water sprinklers in 10+ storey blocks in the Wandsworth Borough Council ward.

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From: Malcolm Grimston <malcolmgrimston@btconnect.com>
To: News from Councillor Malcolm Grimston <mgrimston@wandsworth.gov.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 9:05 AM
Subject: High Rise newsletter

Dear All,

At the last Council meeting I raised a question concerning fire safety assessment – I reproduce the question and the ‘answer’ below (actually as usual the Cabinet Member for Housing made no attempt to answer the question). The most remarkable sentence, apart from it being made clear that the Conservatives intend to continue with the policy of forcing sprinklers into every room in our 10+ storey blocks, is this.

Had the journalist actually bothered to read the guidance he would have noticed that it recommended that “fire risk assessments should be reviewed regularly and when circumstances change” and that there was absolutely no requirement to complete new assessments.

This is the first very clear statement we have had that in the view of Wandsworth Council there was no need for new fire safety assessments after Grenfell because “circumstances” had not “changed”. This is of course what we have been saying all along – that Grenfell was to all intents and purposes irrelevant when it came to assessing fire risk in our unclad blocks, with their decades of success in containing flat fires safely.

  1. Incidentally, note the dig that our objections to sprinklers are ‘rather esoteric’(defined online as “intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest”), based on such obscure ideas as value for money, disruption, intrusion, the Council’s dreadful record on major works, the potential for damage if they go off when they shouldn’t … and their being entirely unnecessary, of course.

The battle continues!

By the way, did anyone get a chance to raise the issue with Conservative election candidates or their entourage (I gather they have been avoiding the high rise blocks in West Hill but there may be the odd rogue sighting!). It would be interesting to see if there were any promises of support for our position.

Best wishes,

MALCOLM GRIMSTON

Councillor (Independent), West Hill Ward

Fire Safety Assessments: Question raised by Councillor Grimston to the Cabinet Member for Housing:

How many fire safety assessments were carried out in Wandsworth with regard to 10+ storey blocks of flats in 2017?

How does this compare with the guidance offered by LGA and others on the desired frequency of such assessments?

Given the growing opposition to the Council’s ‘one size fits all’ imposition of sprinkler systems in 10+ storey tower blocks, does the Cabinet Member believe that residents have a right to know why their individual block has become so much more dangerous since the last round of fire assessments found that sprinklers were not necessary?

Answer:

Thank you for raising this question as it gives me the welcome opportunity to correct a recent article on this matter published by Inside Housing in which the journalist made the observation that Wandsworth Council had not completed any fresh Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) of its blocks since the fire at Grenfell Tower last June, implying that the Council was in some way negligent in not following the Local Government Association guidance that “tower blocks should be fire risk assessed every year”. Had the journalist actually bothered to read the guidance he would have noticed that it recommended that “fire risk assessments should be reviewed regularly and when circumstances change” and that there was absolutely no requirement to complete new assessments. I am pleased to confirm that following representation by the Council pointing out that the article was both wrong and irresponsibly alarmist it appears to have been taken down.

The Council takes its obligation around the management of fire risk seriously and in 2016 commissioned an independent consultant to complete new FRAs for all of its 1,300 purpose built blocks. Since the fire in Grenfell the FRAs to all of the high-rise blocks are being reviewed and when further guidance is issued new assessments will be commissioned but meanwhile I can confirm that they remain valid and fit for purpose. As the Councillor is fully aware since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower the whole approach to fire risk has changed and continues to change. Fire risk assessments were previously silent on the issues of sprinklers as they were on the presence or flammability of external cladding and insulation and I’m sure that this will be addressed in revised guidance. Despite the Councillor’s continued objection to the installation of sprinklers on rather esoteric statistical grounds the fact remains that sprinklers are the single most effective way of ensuring that fires do not spread in our blocks and as a consequence they will save lives and protect property.

Published by Peter West, 57 Sutherland Grove, for Malcolm Grimston

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Green Party leaflet with some local references

Finally, a Borough Council Election campaign leaflet which has some direct references to the Alton Estate and Roehampton, such as;

  • Roehampton University’s portacabins,
  • Service charges and major works such as double glazing and water sprinklers, and
  • Alton Estate regeneration.

Has anyone seen a Liberal Democrat campaign leaflet?

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Green Party leaflet

And this a leaflet doing the rounds over the past couple of days from the Green Party.

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