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Medfield Street heading for a Controlled Parking Zone

At the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 20 February 2018 a discussion regarding a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) for Medfield Street, Treville Street, Ponsonby Road and Roehampton High Street was discussed.

To have a read of the various documents refer to section 14 of the meeting and refer to Paper number 18-69 and the Appendices, though is short, the proposal taken from the Paper’s summary is;

“A petition was received in October 2016 from some residents of Medfield Street, Treville Street, Ponsonby Road and Roehampton Lane, requesting the introduction of parking controls to address parking difficulties.

 Authority was obtained to carry out a consultation with residents in these roads, and to include Roehampton High Street, to ask for their views on extending the Roehampton CPZ (R2) into the area. The outcome of the consultation showed that a majority of respondents supported the proposal. This report recommends implementation of the zone extension into Medfield Street, Treville Street, Ponsonby Road pending a further consultation with residents and businesses on the parking arrangements in Roehampton High Street.

 The Director of Resources comments that the costs involved with extending the Roehampton CPZ (R2) area and further consultation as identified in the recommendations of this report will be met from within existing approved General Fund revenue budgets”.

Other considerations?

Now, where will cars potentially be pushed to park? Maybe on the Alton Estate? It’s been highlighted what’s happening on the Alton East.

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Allbrook House and Roehampton Library in the news

If you haven’t been keeping with the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) Twitter feed you may have missed the various articles about Allbrook House and the Roehampton Library in the media. The articles are listed below and each can be read if click on them;

An article by Greg Pitcher, ‘Leading architects call on council to save post-war LCC housing block’ (10 January 2018), was within The Architects’ Journal.

An Article by Geraint Franklin, ‘Allbrook House and Roehampton Library, London’ (January 2018), was within the Twentieth Century Society.

An article by Barnabas Calder, ‘Britain’s most important 20th-century housing is under threat’ (December 2017), was within the Apollo Magazine.

A reminder of what the buildings look like are below.

Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy

Something which didn’t quite seem to make any sense was how the proposed demolition came about given the positive comments in the past of from the ‘Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy’ which stated the following comments;

“There are however some buildings that do have architectural interest outside the conservation area such as Allbrook House and Roehampton Library”. (page 8)

“3.14 The shopping parade in Danebury Avenue, completed in 1959-60 and the library, in 1961, are outside the conservation area. The library has architectural interest, distinguished in part by its curved walls and undulating roof form but also by the associated (though detached) Allbrook House which seems to float above – it too has an interesting form and details, including decorative block detailing to its balconies which unifies and softens the harshness of the structure. The library was one of the last buildings in the original development of Alton West. It was designed by John Partridge of the London County Council (LCC) Architect’s Department incorporating ideas from Wandsworth Council’s library service. It was opened in September 1961 by the children’s author Noel Streatfield. There was originally a mural by Bill Mitchell in resin and plastics”. (page 12)

“4.29 Some buildings outside the conservation area have an influence on the area’s character, particularly noticeable along Harbridge Avenue, just off Danebury Road, where there are shops, the library and Allbrook House (all of which fall outside the conservation area)”. (page 19)

“6.9 Generally, those buildings that fall outside the conservation area do not have the same architectural rigour or quality of those that are within. There are however, buildings in the vicinity of this character area – Allbrook House and Roehampton Library – that are of interest in terms of their architectural presence and relationship to the Alton Estate. The presence and connection of these buildings to the north-eastern edge of the estate makes them difficult to go unnoticed – though outside the conservation area, their impact is complementary due to their applied architectural treatment and form, directly linked to the modernist principles established for Alton West, namely monumentality and originality”. (page 28)

“Boundary Review

1.3 As part of the appraisal process, the boundaries of the Alton Estate Conservation Area were reviewed and considered to be acceptable. However, during the public consultation people strongly urged the Council to extend the conservation area to include areas including Allbrook House and its green space, Roehampton Library and buildings along Danebury Avenue. At its Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 18 November 2010, the Council undertook to consider further research on this matter”. (page 44)

Redeveloping Danebury Avenue What Roehampton Wants….Labour Survey regarding previous regeneration attempt

With regards to the previous regeneration attempt on the Alton Estate, the Labour Party conducted a survey of residents on the Alton Estate and the results were published in the document ‘Redeveloping Danebury Avenue, What Roehampton Wants’. Interestingly, the Labour Party did not conduct any such survey this time around and it is wandered what the reason(s) are for not doing so, especially given that presently the ward has three Labour Party Councillors since 2014 these being Councillor Peter Carpenter, Councillor Jeremy Ambache and Councillor Sue McKinney. The feedback contained within the report stated;

“The whole council plan rests on the demolition of Allbrook House, the “landmark” block above Roehampton Library.  This is the one question where there was no majority opposition to the council plan, but a clear plurality – 45% – don’t want the block demolished. Barely a third – 34% – supported demolition and a sizeable number – 21% – didn’t feel able to give a view.  We had 21 surveys back from the parts of Danebury Avenue, including Allbrook House, under threat of demolition.  Of these, 4 supported demolition and 14 opposed it”.  (page 3)

“It’s a great shame that the Council never even considered improving Allbrook House, which contains some large properties within it with spectacular views of Roehampton.  Recladding or even more radical remodelling of Allbrook House could transform this block – the gateway to the Alton estate”. (page 3)

To highlight the “landmark” comment in pictures, have a look at the following photos.

This is taken from Roehampton High Street.

Conservation review 2010

Earlier in this article within the Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy there was a mention of this review within the Boundary Review comment. At the Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting (18 November 2010) the following was discussed “Background. The Council has a 5 year programme for updating appraisals of the Borough’s 45 conservation areas. In the fifth year, the conservation areas were divided into two groups. The first five appraisals were reported in February 2010 (Paper No. 10- 211) and the second and final four appraisals are being reported to this Committee”. (Paper 10-876).

What is very interesting about this is that in 2010 one of the current ward Councillors was supportive in trying to extend the Alton conservation Area to protect these buildings, as the following comments highlight (Appendix 2 to Paper No. 10-876, Consultation comments);

“Comment from Councillor Carpenter:

a) Recommends redrawing the boundary of the CA to include Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library and the green in Alton West; and the Cornerstone and low odd numbered buildings on Alton Road in Alton East for their architectural interest.

b) The Council could produce a leaflet on conservation areas and listed buildings so people understand them better.

c ) It was clear from the meeting that there is general opposition to plans for demolition of the eastern end of Danebury Ave. It should be remembered that there were earlier plans for a more sensitive refurbishment of the area which had greater support from residents”.

Allbrook House and Roehampton Listing attempt

In 2015 there was an attempt to list these buildings through Historic England. MP Greening wrote in favour of not supporting the listing though there was no such comments, supportive or not, from the three Labour ward Councillors and the question is, “why not?”.

Where are we now?

The buildings (Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library) mentioned in Councillor Carpenter’s comments in point (a) above are all proposed for demolition as part of this current regeneration scheme. With the 2018 Local Council elections coming up, one has to ask whether voting for Labour or the Conservatives will make any difference?

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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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  • Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

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  • Justine Greening – greeningj@parliament.uk

Let’s Talk event – September 2016 – have you read the Minutes?

The Roehampton & Putney Heath ward has it’s Let’s Talk event in September 2016 and there was a good turnout, it’s shame that these Minutes have not been widely highlighted as being published. Additionally, when speaking with individuals on the Alton Estate a question that is raised it “Why do Councillors only ever do this once every two years?”. That’s an interesting question…….

The topics discussed were:

  • Unneighbourly behaviour
  • Regeneration
  • Streets
  • Roehampton University
  • Social services
  • Cleaning on Alton Estate

We are aware of people whom attended and don’t necessarily agree with some of items in how they were Minuted.

The following is worth highlighting due to the ongoing nature of concerns, this being section 4.

  1. Roehampton University

“Question/Comment – A resident said that he had contacted the planning service, without response, about the portacabins that had been erected without planning permission in the car park at Roehampton University facing Kimpton House. He said that the portacabins had been in place over 4 years and reduced on-site parking provision at the University that had been pushed out onto already busy roads such as Holybourne Avenue and Fontley Way. He suggested a survey by the University about staff and student parking during term and nonterm time to determine the impact of the portacabins and said that residents were being forced into accepting a CPZ because of University demands. Concern also raised that the University is ‘getting away’ with not following due process and who is auditing the process? A resident raised the issue of excessive noise emanating from the University portacabins that affected Kimpton House and ‘terrified’ some residents.     Response –  It was noted that an earlier planning application had been withdrawn but a revised one was due to be submitted including a transport assessment. A planning enforcement notice was still valid in respect of the unauthorised structures. Councillor Carpenter said that the University claimed that the portacabins did not reduce parking as the car park had been repainted to provide the same number of spaces as previously. He again advised residents to come along to the councillors surgeries to speak about any problems and if possible to attend the Roehampton Forum and Roehampton Partnership meetings. Councillor Ambache told the meeting that breaches of planning control should be reported to the planning service at the Town Hall and that, as a member of the Planning Applications Committee that would consider any application, he would not be able to ‘take a position’ on the matter but was listening to the related dialogue. He also confirmed that he was available to be contacted on any of the issues raised and this could be done in a variety of ways.

Councillor McKinney said that she understood the portacabin area to be the psychology department.

With the consent of the meeting, Rev. McKinney then spoke as a governor of Whitelands College to inform the meeting that some concerns had been expressed at the Roehampton Forum. He said that he would raise the issue of the noise with the college and also that as far as he was aware the portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”. 

To read the Minutes of this meeting, click on this sentence.

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Manresa neighbourhood, further car parking pressures

Recently it was highlighted that there were car parking pressures in the Manresa neighbourhood of the Alton Estate (on the Alton East) which involves – Chilcombe House, Crondall House, Farnborough House, Kimpton House, Rushmere House and Somborne House.

Well, these blocks have to make do without 10 car parking spaces by Crondall House for a while whilst the blocks undergo double glazing installation. Not far away, the Alton East part of the regeneration will be underway at some time soon and this will likely have further impacts on car parking spaces. It is hoped that there is no overlap between these events otherwise there might be additional car parking pressures for residents to consider.

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Conservation Areas (Paper No. 10-876) – how things change

Hopefully the attempted listing of Allbrook House and the library building is still fresh in your minds. Now through your minds back a few years to when there were discussions about extending the Alton Conservation Area, this being 2010 (and don’t forget the latest Alton Estate regeneration started up only a few years after this).

It is interesting form the fact that one of the current Labour ward Councillors suggested the following;

“Comment from Councillor Carpenter:  a) Recommends redrawing the boundary of the CA to include Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library and the green in Alton West; and the Cornerstone and low odd numbered buildings on Alton Road in Alton East for their architectural interest. b) The Council could produce a leaflet on conservation areas and listed buildings so people understand them better. c ) It was clear from the meeting that there is general opposition to plans for demolition of the eastern end of Danebury Ave. It should be remembered that there were earlier plans for a more sensitive refurbishment of the area which had greater support from residents”. (Paper 10-876, Appendix 2).

Hmmm…..much of what was suggested in this paragraph, rather than being protected due to their “architectural interest” they are to be demolished. Is anyone aware of the three current ward Councillors seeking to protect the named buildings as part of the current regeneration?

In short, if the opinions of Councillors can change on such large scale issues within what is a reasonable short period of time, the question is, how can they be trusted?

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Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

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Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – make sense?

Thus far this planning application (2016/7179) has three planning objections. You can have a read of them by clicking on this sentence. At this stage, there seems to be a few objections.

  1. The eucalyptus tree seems to have vanished?

Walking past the site today the below pictures were taken and it seems that the tree might have been cut down without it yet being agreed? The pictures have marked a red circle where the eucalyptus tree was?

Page 29 of the Aboricultural Impact Assessment which is site photograph showing a large eucalyptus tree.

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  1. Where on earth are the cars meant to park?

This planning application has no allowance for car parking. Opposite the site is Pocklington Court which is doubted will allow the cars to park. Also, there is Redwood and Ringwood Gardens, both of these being private, so again, no cars will likely be permitted to park there. That leaves the nearest point of Arnewood  Close as maybe being a candidate for cars being parked there. Walking around the area on Saturday 28th January at 3pm, there was no where to park. No to forget that Heathmere is a school and there is limited parking around it.

  1. Privacy for existing residents?

The buildings will be three levels with balconies facing away from the road, meaning they will face inwards towards existing residential buildings, such as Gosport House and Greatham Walk 26 to 34.

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Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

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