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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017) – comments from the gallery

This meeting of the Roehampton Partnership (RP) was rather underwhelming according to one attendee’s view. The following comments relate to that attendee’s view and obviously others that attended may have a different view of the following contents.

  1. Apologies for absence

There were many attendees that were absent, including the Chair and Vice Chair, and Councillor Mrs Steffi Sutters was the Chair for this evening. There were at least nine absences plus two roles which have not yet been filled.

Interesting, the representatives from University of Roehampton and University of Roehampton Student Union did not attend. This non-attendance was noticed and will be commented on later in this article though bear the following meeting dates in mind when considering this;

  • 21 September 2016 – University of Roehampton attended
  • 23 November 2016 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 15 March 2017 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 14 June 2017 – was cancelled.
  • 26 September 2017 – neither attended.
  • 21 November 2017 – neither attended.
  • 14 March 2018 – date of next meeting

In other words, if the University of Roehampton attends the meeting of 14 March 2018 that would be almost one and a half years between attending meetings, and one year for the University of Roehampton Student Union.

  1. Declarations of Interest

There was none.

  1. Minutes – 26th September 2017

Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) mentioned the following regarding;

  • Matters Arising – the follow up to be provided by Ibstock School was not given though the HCRA asked for this after the meeting.
  • Alton Area Regeneration – it was their suggestion to have Paper 17-268 included within the meeting which was taken up by the Chair.
  • Future Agenda Items – there was no mention of the request to include the retro-fitting of water sprinklers within tall buildings and that this was declined by the Chair.
  1. Alton Area Regeneration

There was quite a bit mentioned under this section.

The Redrow PR team, Communications Potential, apologised that Redrow could not attend due to some reason or other. Interestingly, Redrow did not appear at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) of the 4 December 2017 either due to conflicting schedules. Given Redrow are about to begin work on a major regeneration in the area one might think more effort by Redrow to appear at such meetings may not too much to ask. The PR team provided some information regarding how many people attended the recent exhibitions and the feedback from them.

HCRA raised the issue that not all residents were aware that the Bessborough Road Consultation was held on 15 November 2017. It turns out that Councillors Peter Carpenter and Jeremy Ambache were not aware either of the event though Councillor Sur McKinney commented she was aware. HCRA asked whether this consultation would be presented at the RP and the silence appeared to indicate this was not going to happen.

HCRA also mentioned that various related regeneration items should be raised at the RP and were currently not, these being the Bessborough Road Consultation, Council Papers such as 17-268, and the Environmental Impact Assessment. A Council representative highlighted that we could comment on the planning application, which seemed to defeat the purpose of this advisory group and might be a bit late in terms of providing any feedback?

Councillor Ambache suggested that all regeneration documents should come to the RP first before going to the various Council Committees though this did not garner much support, even from Councillors Carpenter and McKinney. One might argue that this makes sense given the RP’s role?

  1. Public Health Regeneration

There was a short presentation though it seems as though there has not really been any substantial move forward on this topic or ‘social regeneration’.

The HCRA suggested that it might be worthwhile reaching out to Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Co-oridnation Project Manager who provides regular useful updates on grants and health initiatives. To which the presenter commented that she was to meet with this team the following week. The HCRA also suggested that it might be worthwhile having a Roehampton based such distribution, accepting that not all residents on the Alton estate have internet access, though this might be useful.

  1. Transport for London (TfL)

TfL did not attend.

  1. Future Agenda Items

None were mentioned.

  1. Future Meeting Dates

HCRA asked if there was a reason for five meetings dates next year when there are usually four. A person from the Council mentioned that one could always be removed. HCRA followed up with an ask about whether these dates linked in with events next year as this may have been the case for the extra date. The answer from the Council person was that there was likely an error in producing the dates.

The Roehampton Forum member asked if any of these meetings could be held at the University of Roehampton as then it might attend a meeting.

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Contact

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (21 October 2017)

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.

It might be too late to comment on the below applications though this has been put up for information purposes. If you wish to make a comment on the application please review the application and/or contact the Council for further information.

Applications (pages 22)

 Application No: 2017/5493

  • Address: Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LR,
  • Proposal: 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.

Application No: 2017/5588

  • Address: 2 Hascombe House, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT,
  • Proposal: Erection of single-storey rear extension.

Application No: 2017/5651

  • Address: 170 Roehampton Lane, SW15 4EU,
  • Proposal: Variation of conditions 5 (landscape works and planting) and 8 (approved drawings) of planning permission ref. 2014/2124, dated 20/08/2014, for Demolition of parts of existing building and erection of part three, part two, part single-storey building to provide two-form entry primary school, with associated landscaping, hard and soft play areas, habitat areas, bicycle parking and parking and felling of 27 trees. It is proposed to replace the approved landscape drawings with new landscape drawings.

Decisions (page 17)

Application: 2017/3099

  • Address: 33 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JX,
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing building and erection of 2 x 5-bedroom three storey houses (top floor in roof); associated garages, landscaping and parking and alterations to front boundary; (Amended scheme to that granted planning permission dated 28/06/16 ref. 2016/1017 [Demolition of existing house and erection of 2 x three-storey houses plus basement houses with external light-wells and associated landscaping and car parking. Alterations to front boundary) to omit basements and lightwells and amend site layout.

Application: 2017/4803

  • Address: 22 Roehampton Gate, SW15 5JS,
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection of dormer roof extension to main rear roof (with glazed panels, French doors and safety railings).

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.

Contact

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Dismay Over Plans To Dispose of Roehampton Playing Fields (21 November 2017)

If you’re not aware, there are plans afoot to lease the Roehampton Playing Fields for 30 years to a commercial leisure provider. This is covered in more detail within the putneysw15 article ‘Dismay Over Plans To Dispose of Roehampton Playing Fields’.

What is very interesting is that the Open Evening held by the Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) on 21 November 2017 was not even mentioned at the Roehampton Partnership meeting which was held the same evening and was added to be considered as part of the Alton Estate regeneration plans at the September 2017 meeting as per the following text from the draft Minutes highlights – “Any options for Dover House Road Playing Fields be considered in the context of the wider regeneration proposals”.

Please note that all information is provided on a best efforts basis and that readers should make their own efforts to review and assess the provided content.

 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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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017)

The next meeting of the Roehampton Partnership takes place on 21 November.

The agenda being;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Minutes – 26th September 2017
  4. Alton Area Regeneration
  5. Public Health Regeneration
  6. Transport for London (TfL)
  7. Future Agenda Items
  8. Future Meeting Dates

Some comments about the draft Minutes of the meeting dated 26 September 2017.

Section 4

Ibstock School planning application 2015/5074 was approved late 2015 and is not yet approved due to the long running discussion regarding community use, which one may have thought fell under ‘social regeneration’ which the Labour ward Councillors have mentioned a few times. Note, this planning application Ibstock School was mentioned in the March Minutes.

Section 5

Regarding the circulation of paper 17-268, this was requested by the Hersham Close Residents Association and may have been worth a mention.

Section 6

Hersham Close Residents Association highlighted that when ‘churn’ of residents is mentioned there is a lack of data to support this. Given that about 2/3 of the estate is Council tenanted, and the remaining 1/3 is split about 50% resident leaseholder and 50% non-resident leaseholder, how is this ‘churn’ figure determined?
Section 8

Hersham Close Residents Association mentioned that water sprinklers should be included within this. The Chair declined this suggestion.

Please note that all information is provided on a best efforts basis and that readers should make their own efforts to review and assess the provided content.

 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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Roehampton Voice Issue 21

Well, the regeneration is definitely a hot topic at the moment, and the latest edition of the Roehampton Voice has a few entries about it. Let’s take a a quick run through…

A Cautionary Tale – page 4

A interesting example of what could happen in terms of the feared “rat run” that could be caused by opening the Danebury Avenue, or maybe even Highcliffe Drive, barriers.

Roehampton Social Audit- 5 Years On – page 6

This article refers to the Social Audit which was done back in 2010 and focuses heavily on the dwindling of community services that will continue as part of the regeneration. Let’s be clear about this, it is a concern especially as it has taken so long for this topic to rear its head? What have our community leaders been doing about protecting this?

At the Roehampton Partnership, this has been mentioned though not much more than that even as far back as the December 3rd meeting. Have a read of the Minutes to see the concern expressed by Hollis Blake.

The report is worth a read for others aspects which are relevant.

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

> Roehampton Partnership minutes 3rd December 2014

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

Interestingly, this Audit was commissioned by the Holy Trinity Church and the Roehampton Forum, both of whom have roles on the Roehampton Partnership……..

Regeneration News and Views – page 7

There are four articles on this page.

  1. ARW commenting on its meeting of 29th May
  2. A message from one of the Voice’s editing team on the regeneration
  3. An oral historian gawking for thoughts from locals
  4. A high level timeline of the regeneration

More Regeneration News – page 8

Reverend McKinney provides his 10 reasons for why the regeneration is required. This is taken from his letter published in the Wandsworth Guardian letter section dated 23 April 2015.

What is interesting is that some of these comments contradict the findings of the Social Audit which was referred to earlier, for instance, point 9, states “Environmental improvements will ensure that the Bull Green will become a real recreational facility, rather than a deserted field with a few tracks across it”. The report of 2010, page 20,  says leave it alone with 74.8% agreeing to “Green Surroundings- including : open spaces; Trees; landscaping of estate” and the Labour Party report, question 7, which states “Q7. How concerned are you about retaining the green space and trees?” has a 65.1% result which is “Entirely concerned”.

Do not forget that the Reverend was the Chair of the Forum (a commissioner of the Social Audit report) at this time. Makes you think, “why bother responding when it doesn’t appear to count”.

Also, point 1 states “lt is not social cleansing because all freeholders, council tenants and resident I leaseholders, affected will be guaranteed new properties and no financial loss”. Well, at the Alton Regeneration Watch meeting of 2nd June, a couple of leaseholders (one directly impacted by the regeneration) called attention to this comment. Perhaps, the Reverend would like to provide some background as to how this will work, along with expected service charges and Council Taxes?

Information of interest

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

> Labour survey results 2008 “What Roehampton Wants” : this is where the Question 7 comes from

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;

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