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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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What happened to the planning application for 66 Alton Road?

Background

You may remember that recently there was a planning application for demolish 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ. This was covered within planning application 2017/3082.

What happened?

There were many objections from various individuals, local groups and other concerned stakeholders. This planning application was withdrawn and it is assumed that this may be due to, in a large part due to the weight of the objections.

Unfortunately, the planning application objections have been removed from the Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) online planning information. A Freedom of Information was put to WBC asking for a copy of the objections, though (again), unfortunately, this will not be provided unless one chooses to go WBC’s offices. If you wish to see what questions were put to WBC about this and what the answer was, please approach the Freedom of Information team with the Request for Information – 2017/15634.

Does this mean it’s all over?

Definitely not, for anyone that followed the Roehampton University portacabin situation, it would be realised that this went through three planning applications (2015.5648, 2016/1385, 2016/5912) before it was accepted. It will be down to residents to be viligant in seeing whether more planning applications are submitted.

What was done to challenge the application?

Lots of lobbying of individuals and various groups such as the Victorian Society and the Putney Society Buildings Panel were asked to provide objections

A petition was created on Change.org titled ‘Object to demolition of 66 Alton Road SW15’ which was very successful and as this article is published it has about 400 signatures on it along with a lot of comments from objectors.

At least three articles were published on the putneysw15 website;

It is believed that the main individual which launched the petition and lobbied many of the individuals and groups to provide objections may not be repeating the efforts should a further planning application be submitted. In other words, other local residents may need to start getting prepared to take up the challenge (and it might be worth following up on the Freedom of Information request so you may try to contact those that objected to the first planning application).

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Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise Consultation #2

Well, it’s round 2 of the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise Consultation.

As a reminder, there was a pre-application consultation

This time around;

There was some fun and games regarding the dates which the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) spotted and has since been corrected. Not Wandsworth BC also had some fun with this.

This is part 4 of the Alton East recent planning works which people should be aware of. If you are concerned about car parking or general developments in the area, especially the Alton East, there is a lot happening on the planning front and residents might wish to take an interest in this planning application.

The first is the Heathmere School Keeper’s House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ, planning application (2016/7179) which is in the process of being built now. This is for six apartments with no car parking.

The second was the (in)famous planning application for 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ (2017/3082) which was for 24 apartments and with questionable car parking quotas? This was withdrawn though can always come back.

The third which is pending and has not been formally launched yet is the planning application for Pocklington Court. A pre-planning Consultation was provided though not many people were invited or aware of this. Roehampton Voice provides a quick view of this –https://www.facebook.com/RoehamptonVoice/videos/1545465088833192/

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Bye bye 66 Alton Road, hello 24 apartments?

Did you know?

This building is within the Alton Conservation Area and the area itself seems to mould itself on the map to reach out to this very property to include it.

It is also locally listed and was done so on 22nd November 2010.

What does the Alton Area Conservation appraisal state about 66 Alton Road?

The appraisal states the following;

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 16)

 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)

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 24)

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 42)

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”

(page 49)

Some other photos of 66 Alton Road

One can just see the date 1863 inscribed on a window.

Other photos.

What about the Cornerstone (otherwise known as the Roehampton Parish Hall)?

Some of you may be aware that through the efforts of the Roehampton Forum this building was locally listed on 8th October 2015.

If 66 Alton Road is allowed to be demolished, do questions then need to be asked about the future fate of the Cornerstone?

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Car parking and use of Section 106 – Alton East, of interest?

The Alton East is going through a growth and maintenance phase which some of you may or may not be aware of.

A planning application for 66 Alton Road has been put in which will turn it into 24 apartments (2017/3082) and you may wish to make a comment regarding this application.

This is hot on the heels of the planning application for Heathmere Primary School Keeper’s house (2016/7179) is to converted to six apartments with no car parking allowed for it (though the Council has assessed that up to six cars may need parking as the result of this application and where will they park?).

Other local events which might impacts on car parking or local infrastructure are;

What’s coming (actual and potentially);

What can be done?

Whilst not a definite, one Residents Association has been informed that it should consider a Controlled Parking Zone to solve its issues. If tried locally, then it would be anticipated that as the cars were pushed into other areas of the estate that a snow ball of CPZs would occur?

In some cases this might work, in that it would work towards mitigating non-resident student’s car parking on the estate if they are attending classes. The same would apply to anyone else who may decide to park on a temporary basis on the estate.

What it may not solve is the situation of car parking required for new buildings. For example, let’s say a development of flats needs 12 car parking spaces. When the CPZ is introduced then these 12 car parking spaces could be obtained. Though what if this could be future proofed?

One development in the ward restricts the residents of the block from applying for permits if there is a CPZ which is introduced. This could mean that by applying this restriction this could assist with protecting car parking spaces in future for those residents that live on the estate now.

What does this restriction look like?

On a best endeavours basis the clauses from the Section 106 (page 31) which was signed in conjunction with planning application 2012/1713 has been replicated below (apologies in advance for typing errors, though you can request a copy from the Council’s Planning team to double check the text for accuracy and in fact this is encouraged);

“Exclusion from Controlled Parking Zone

  1. The Owner covenants with the Council –

1.1   not to Occupy or permit any person to Occupy a Residential Unit unless and until such person has been given advance notice in writing of the provisions in paragraph 1.2 hereof either by way of a written letter or notice or by specific reference being made in a contract for sale and purchase and/or the associated title or marketing pack of information;

1.2   to ensure that all Occupiers are notified in writing that (unless they are holders of a Disabled Persons Badge) they are prohibited from applying for a residents parking permit to park a vehicle pursuant to the traffic management order operating in the vicinity of the Site;

1.3   to  ensure that all materials which they publish and any agreements entered into by the them or agents or for the purpose of selling or letting properties in the Development notify potential purchasers or tenants of the restrictions set out in paragraph 1.2 above; and

1.4   they and their successors in title to the Residential Units hereby waive all rights and entitlement on the part of the Developer and its successors in title to a residents permit to park in the vicinity of the Site (unless the Occupier concerned becomes entitled to a Disabled Person’s Badge).

An equivalent is also in place for Roehampton University’s residential students who live on campus (as per planning application 2016/5377).

At least if a CPZ comes into being this introduction of such a section could reduce some of the pressures of future competition for car parking on the Alton Estate.

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – June 24th 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 Council 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 25)

 Application No: 2017/3082

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 38
  • Date Registered: 19 June 2017
  • Address: 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ,
  • Press Notice(s) Site Notice(s):
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two buildings to provide 24 apartments with associated parking and landscaping. (Outline – all matters reserved).
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mrs Nicola Humphrey, The Rear Barn, The Manor Farm, 124 Manor Road North, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BH, Surrey,
  • Agent: Bell Cornwell LLP, Oakview House, Station Road, Hook, RG27 9TP, Hampshire,
  • Officer dealing with this application: Cathy Molloy
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 6913

Application No: 2017/3206

  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 0
  • Date Registered: 19 June 2017
  • Address: Ibstock Place School, Clarence Lane SW15 5PY,
  • TEAM: v
  • Proposal : Approval of details pursuant to condition 8 (Bat Survey) of permission 2017/0925, dated 18/04/2017 (Demolition of existing single storey refectory building and replacement with new single storey refectory building including new kitchen, servery, stores, mezzanine and basement and provision of a temporary kitchen and dining facilities on the southern games area during construction.)
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr S White, Ibstock Place School, Clarence Lane, LONDON, SW15 5PY,
  • Agent: NTR Planning, Clareville House, 26-27 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EL,
  • Officer dealing with this application: Penny Weng
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 7709

Decisions (page 26)

 Application No: 2017/0550 W

  • Decided on: 21/06/2017
  • Date Registered: 03/03/2017
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 127 Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PG,
  • Proposal: Alterations including the retention of one side dormer window to allow the conversion into 1 x 5 and 1 x 4-bedroom maisonettes.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr S R Hussain, 127 Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3PG,
  • Agent: Mr S R Hussain, 127 Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3PG,
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions CIL Liable
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Application No: 2017/1864 W

  • Decided on: 23/06/2017
  • Date Registered: 26/04/2017
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 8 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JU,
  • Proposal: Erection of a three-storey (plus basement) 6-bedroom dwelling with additional living accommodation at lower ground floor level and lightwells to the front and rear; roof terrace on rear first floor level.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr Nikolaus Woloszczuk, 13 Cedars Road, LONDON, SW13 0HP,
  • Agent: WEA Planning, Braitrim House Westwood Business Ce, 98 Victoria Road, PARK ROYAL, NW10 6NB,
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions CIL Liable
  • Decision Taker: Full Committee

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Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

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  • 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