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Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (12 March 2019) – part 2

Background

Following on from the Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (WACC) on 12th March 2019 there are a few Roehampton & Putney Heath ward entries – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=493&MId=6071

There was an update on two local planning applications – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=46335

  1. 2018/4925: 228 Roehampton Lane, SW15 4LE

Demolition of existing car repair garage buildings and the erection of two four-storey buildings (connected by a lower ground floor car park and cycle store) containing 9 x 1 bedroom flats and 6 x 2-bedroom flats, with associated refuse storage and external amenity space, and alterations to the existing vehicular access. (Revised description)

Response from the WACC:

Objection –The Committee objected to the proposal in its current form. The Committee considered that there was insufficient information in relation to this application; specifically, in relation to the description, appearance, elevations, and the context of the building. It was added that this was especially important because the site was located in a conservation area. The Committee considered that there was a risk of overdevelopment of the site, that the proposed building was large, and that a detailed understanding of the context was required in order to consider the impact of the proposal. The Committee felt that it was unable to properly assess the application without further information.

  1. 2018/5671: 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

Alterations including erection of part two-storey, part three-storey replacement side and rear extensions in connection with creation of 5 x 1-bedroom and 4 x 2-bedroom flats with associated access, parking and landscaping.

Response from the WACC:

Objection –The Committee objected to the proposal in its current form. The Committee noted that the existing building was locally listed and was a rare, surviving building. The Committee considered that it was important to preserve this unique building and to leave the high quality frontage intact. The Committee felt that the large, rectangular blocks that were proposed were out of sympathy with the building and would ruin the appearance of the building from the front.

The Committee stated that it did not object to the idea of extending the existing building. It was noted that adjoining properties had been extended to the rear and that this may be a more appropriate method of extending the existing building. It was considered that this would align better with the context of the area and would be more sympathetic to the importance and character of the building. The Committee also considered that the large quantity of glass proposed should be reduced and that a more solid building would be more in keeping with the existing building.

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Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (12 March 2019)

Background

At the upcoming Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (WACC) on 12th March 2019 there are a few Roehampton & Putney Heath ward entries – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=493&MId=6071

Item 3 – Minutes 8th January 20019

Refer to – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s64834/Minutes%20-%208th%20January%202019.pdf

(vi) Mount Clare Campus, Minstead Gardens (2018/4390)

The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer provided an update in relation to the cedar tree on the site that was discussed at the last meeting. He noted that he had contacted the University’s Director of Estates in 2015 about the decaying tree and that he could not find any evidence of a response. He explained that the tree was protected by a Tree Preservation Order but that it was now just a tree stump. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer informed the Committee that he would discuss the replacement of the tree with the University. It was confirmed that the Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer would contact Gilly King and/or the Director of Estates to discuss the tree replacement.

(ii) Alton Estate Regeneration

John Horrocks, Putney Society, noted that the Alton Estate regeneration planning application was scheduled to be submitted at the end of January 2019. He stated that this would be located within the largest conservation area in Wandsworth and hoped that it would be considered by the Committee at the meeting in March 2019. The Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer noted that there had been four Design and Review Panels in relation to this application and that the details would be published online.

Item 4 – Applications (Paper No. 19-108)

Refer to – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s64828/Applications%20Paper%20No.%2019-108.pdf

  1. 2018/4925: 228 Roehampton Lane, SW15 4LE

Demolition of existing car repair garage buildings and the erection of two four-storey buildings (connected by a lower ground floor car park and cycle store) containing 9 x 1 bedroom flats and 6 x 2-bedroom flats, with associated refuse storage and external amenity space, and alterations to the existing vehicular access. (Revised description)

  1. 2018/5671: 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

Alterations including erection of part two-storey, part three-storey replacement side and rear extensions in connection with creation of 5 x 1-bedroom and 4 x 2-bedroom flats with associated access, parking and landscaping.

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Residents Associations joint objection to 66 Alton Road planning application

Background

For Alton Estate Residents Association on the Alton East have jointly signed an objection letter to planning application 2018/5671 regarding 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/66-alton-road-another-planning-application/

The below is the email which was sent to the Planning Applications tea,

The objection

The letter was signed by the Chairs of the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA), Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA), Cadnam Point Residents Association (CPRA), and the Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents Association (SCGWRPRA).

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (9 February 2019)

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 13)

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13985/applications_week_ending_9_february_2019

Application Number: 2018/5671,

Decisions (page 26)

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13985/applications_week_ending_9_february_2019

Application Number: 2019/0052,

Application Number: 2018/5014,

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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66 Alton Road – another planning application?!

Background

It was not long ago that it was highlighted that the previous planning application for this 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ, was withdrawn – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/66-alton-road-development-which-has-not-happenedyet/

Well, guess what, it’s just made a comeback!

The planning application (2018/5671) is to create the following – “Alterations including erection of part two-storey, part three-storey replacement side and rear extensions in connection with creation of 5 x 1-bedroom and 4 x 2-bedroom flats with associated access, parking and landscaping”.

At a very high level the numbers are;

The planning application can be reviewed at – https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=958479&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING

No car parking?

In this case, section 2.11 of the Planning and Heritage Statement states “we have opted for a car-free development”.

Only across the road the Heathmere Schoolkeeper’s planning application (2016/7179) also had no car parking provided and is almost complete – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/heathmere-school-keepers-house-apartments-almost-ready/

What will residents do?

Given all of the new buildings yet to be built and the pressures on car parking, maybe it’s time for residents to instruct the Council that enough is enough, though let’s see what happens.

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66 Alton Road development – which has not happened……yet?

What’s happening?

A planning application (2017/3082) was a planning application which attempted to build 24 apartments to be built on the existing area of 66 Alton Road, Roehampton, London, SW15 4NJ. This application was withdrawn.

66 Alton Road is located at – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51%C2%B026’41.4%22N+0%C2%B014’31.9%22W/@51.444837,-0.2432161,259m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbbf640445:0xefef0f5e3edfd11c!2s66+Alton+Rd,+London+SW15+4NJ!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449792!4d-0.2420914!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4448371!4d-0.2422054

The background

“Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two buildings to provide 24 apartments with associated parking and landscaping” as sourced from –

https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=898459&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING

More information regarding the planning application can be found at the following link – https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2017/3082

From the document source mentioned above the high level information is summarised, on a best efforts basis, as follows;

What does the area look like?

The following are photos from various angles as to what the area currently looks like.

Alton Road 66

Alton Road 66

Alton Road 66

Local area importance

The ‘Alton Conservation Area & Management Strategy’ outlines the following with regards to this building – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/1356/alton_ca_appraisal_and_management_strategy

Page 16 – 4.12: “The Alton Conservation Area is a rare, possibly unique combination of eighteenth century and twentieth century picturesque landscape. There are scores of magnificent mature trees, including one, a Lucombe Oak, which is on the list of Great Trees of London. There are tree preservation orders on the trees around Mount Clare, Parkstead and Downshire House and at 66 Alton Road. The area is included in the Council’s Inventory of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest”.

Page 23 – 5.15 “The maisonettes have brick facings for external walls, with load bearing brick cross walls, reinforced concrete floors and pitched roofs. The house at no. 33 Bessborough Road and no. 66 Alton Road adds to the vast variety of this character area”. (page 23)

Page 24 – 5.23 “Although many mature trees, garden walls and other features were retained, and the point blocks carefully positioned to ensure they could benefit from the existing landscape, only one of the Victorian villas survives at no 66 Alton Road. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”.

Page 42 – 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

“This part of Alton East sees one of the last surviving (smaller) Victorian villas at no. 66 Alton Road. Built in yellow stock brick, with a range of co-ordinated window styles, some are detailed with a Gothic reference. Three storeys in height. Decorative timber fascias and two chimneys on the same side define the roof – all these details gives the building great character and presence on this street. Some poor alterations carried out but not to the detriment of the building’s strong character. The entrance lodge to Alton House survives at no 33 Bessborough Road (named after the Earl). The house itself, a particularly grand Victorian residence has now gone”. 

Page 49 – 1.38 “As part of the conservation area appraisal process a number of buildings were added to the Council’s Local List. Further details are given in Appendix 2 to the appraisal.

  • Cedars cottages, 1 Cedars Cottages, Roehampton Lane SW154HS
  • Ibstock Place School (remaining historic part),
  • Clarence Lane, SW15 5PY
  • Maryfield Convent and Chapel – Mount Angelus Road, SW154JA
  • 170 Hartfield House, Roehampton Lane, SW15 4EU
  • 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ 33 Bessborough Road, SW15 4BN
  • 68-78 and 80-86 Minstead Gardens, SW15 4EW”

Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (WACC)

At the Council’s WACC meeting of 10 July 2017 the view regarding this planning application was;

“3.  2017/3082: 66 Alton Road, SW15

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two buildings to provide 24 apartments with associated parking and landscaping. (Outline – all matters reserved).

Objection – The Committee objects to the loss of a fine locally listed building in a conservation area with historical importance and to the loss of green space. This is one of the few remnants in the area of pre-Alton Estate development. The loss of this building is entirely unjustified and unacceptable and the principle should be resisted. To talk about the dreary replacement buildings would take away from the unacceptability of loss of the existing building, which is of primary importance”.

Source – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=493&MId=5307&Ver=4

Local views

A petition was created on change.org which was against the demolition with 419 signing this – https://www.change.org/p/wandsworth-borough-council-object-to-demolition-of-66-alton-road-sw15

Putneysw15 had three articles, at least, which covered this planning application;

Object to demolition of 66 Alton Road SW15 (12 July 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=community&link=http://appasp.putneysw15.com/server/app/forum/ShowMessage.asp?ID=1209027

Application made to demolish locally listed house on Alton Road (14 July 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conplanning003.htm

Plans to Demolish Roehampton Victorian Villa Withdraw (11 September 2017) – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conplanning003b.htm

Is it over?

Just because this planning application has been withdrawn does not mean it is finished. Those of you that remember the Roehampton University portacabins situation might remember that there were three planning application attempts before this was finally agreed. Planning references 2015/5648, 2016/1385 and 2016/5912. For further background – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/what-became-of-the-portacabin-planning-application/

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What’s impacting car parking on the Alton East?

With the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application (2017/6977) now out for comments, this might be a time to remind readers what impacts car parking on the Alton East on the Alton Estate. Whilst the application itself may not interest the reader, it might be worthwhile reviewing this in context of the following which either do impact car parking on the Alton Estate or could do – (1) the current situation, (2) what has happened and (3) what is or might be coming.

  1. Current situation

Roehampton University does not provide car parking spaces for its students

Given the growth of Roehampton University within the ward is it not unreasonable for it to provide car parking spaces for its students. Let’s remember that Roehampton University code to place its campus within the Alton Estate and as such a question is whether it should be held responsible for some of the car parking issues on the Alton Estate, particularly in the Ibsley Gardens neighbourhood. It might even be viewed as slightly insulting to local residents that Roehampton University prefers to have portacabins in Whitelands College for teaching located on car parking spaces rather than used for cars.

This was a potential problem highlighted as far back as 2002 by The Putney Society, yet 16 years later this appears to be a problem that Councillors have yet to openly tackle?

Manresa neighbourhood

This is the area of the Alton Estate which covers the following areas on the Alton Estate closest to where these portacabins are. Presently, on a regular basis cars are parked on the grass and the area, at times, looks as though it has become a 4 Wheel Drive experience with the amount of grass turned into mud. Very recently the Estate Manager for the area has highlighted that bollards may be put in place by Farnborough House and this would add to the other recent bollard additions.

Local business has used free parking as part of its promotion

At least one business highlights free parking as a selling feature for its services. Do any other businesses do the same?

Parking occurs in front of drop kerbs on a regular basis

This has been frequently seen throughout the estate and parking tickets have been given. In fact, even Council cars have parked in front of drop kerbs.

Car parking is required for major works

An example was the major works for double glazing.

Heathmere School Keepers House, SW15 4LJ, planning application 2016/7179

This is being built right now on Alton Road. This is for 3 x two bedroom apartments and 3 x 1 bedroom apartments with no allocation for car parking.

  1. What has happened

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ, planning application 2017/3082

Almost directly opposite the Heathmere School Keepers House planning application was this recent planning application. This involved 24 new apartments and 12 car parking spaces to be provided. The planning application was withdrawn though this does not mean it is finished as the Roehampton University portacabin application was approved after three attempts.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT, planning application 2015/4004

There was an attempt to change the use of this building from a youth club to a nursery and it was withdrawn. A main objection was that the plan seemed to be inefficient with regards to how car parking would be handled.

  1. What’s coming, actual or possibly?

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

It was mentioned earlier that the planning application was withdrawn though it may be attempted again.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT

At the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 14 September 2018, in Paper 17-268 about the Alton Estate Regeneration Project it states in Section 13 – “The Roehampton Youth Club will be relocated to an upgraded facility on the site of Dilton Gardens. The previous use of this facility was as a youth club but it has been unused for a number of years and is currently occupied by guardians. The Council’s Design Service is preparing a brief for the Dilton Gardens upgrade and officers from the Regeneration Team are having on-going discussions with the Youth Service”. The question is, what car parking will be needed to support this?

Pocklington Court, 74 Alton Court, SW15 4NN

A pre-application consultation was conducted recently (though not a lot of people are aware of it). This entails the following as per the Roehampton Voice Facebook page – “The plan is to build “42 Extra Care one bedroom apartments for rent and 55 one, two and three bedroom apartments for shared ownership or rent to buy”.

Conclusion

These may not be all of the items that have happened, could happen, or will happen, though it might peak reader’s interest in the current Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application consultation.

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