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was not long ago that it was highlighted that the previous planning application for this 66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ, was withdrawn – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/66-alton-road-development-which-has-not-happenedyet/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