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Pocklington Court development

What’s happening?

A planning application (2018/0272) for 95 units to be built on the current Pocklington Court site, 74 Alton Road, SW15 4NN, was submitted earlier this year. This article is to provide readers with some background information along with some current views of the area. At the moment, it’s understood that the buildings on this site are not being used (if incorrect then please inform us).

Pocklington Court is located at – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Alton+Rd,+London+SW15+4NN/@51.4445041,-0.2420375,259m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760eda34ae1a87:0x69dbb3bc901cc28!8m2!3d51.4439994!4d-0.2417422

The background

“Demolition of existing buildings and erection of part 2, 5 and 6 storey buildings comprising 41 No. Class C3 Extra Care units and 54 No. Class C3 intermediate affordable units; landscaping and new public realm; energy centre; new basement/lower ground car park accessed off Alton Road (from existing access point); and a new vehicular access off Alton Road into site.” as sourced from –

https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdResults.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&SC=Application%20Number%20contains%202018/0272&FT=Planning%20Application%20Search%20Results&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&XSLTemplate=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLResults.xslt&PS=10&XMLLoc=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/generic/XMLtemp/chvmmd45sosgolywjxwkmc45/8783854e-c427-4c12-be87-44727daf8a18.xml

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.

How was this agreed?

This was agreed at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC) on 19 July 2018 – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=304&MId=5799&Ver=4

Read the comments about the planning application in section 63, whereby Councillor Peter Carpenter “had requested that his opposition to the development on the grounds that it was too large for the site, be conveyed to the Committee”.

The Council’s view of the planning application is outlined as the following – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s58875/1%202018-0272%20-%20Pocklington%20Court%2074%20Alton%20Road%20SW15%204NN.pdf

For more information one can refer to the planning application documents (though bear in mind that as the decision has been made on the application that all of the objections and comments received have been removed) – https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2018/0272

Was there a Roehampton & Putney Heath Councillor on the PAC when the decision was made?

Yes there was, in this case it was Councillor Claire Gilbert – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=5799

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Ideas for stopping cars parking on the grass

Background

For those of you that remember the article ‘Improvements to the local area can be achieved through resident participation outside of the regeneration’ this might be familiar though this article provides some additional background to the implementation of the railings. Link to the article – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/improvements-to-the-local-area-can-be-achieved-through-resident-participation-outside-of-the-regeneration/

Cars were parking on the grass

The Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) was in frequent communication with the Council regarding the situation of cars parking on the grass by Hersham Close 73-95. The area is located at –https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51°26’56.3%22N+0°14’28.1%22W/@51.448973,-0.2416867,139m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edd9adb2b15:0x1faa5dcf073f84ef!2sRoehampton,+London+SW15+4PY!3b1!8m2!3d51.453886!4d-0.245483!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4489667!4d-0.2411408  

The following is an example of what used to happen.

The following is a photo of how the area was without a car parked on the grass.

The idea of railings came about

An idea was that railings could be added in order to stop cars parking on the grass. This was approved at the Western Area Housing Panel, 17 July 2017, using the Small Improvement Budget (SIB).

How does the area look now?

From the photo below it seems that the area now prevents cars parking on the grass.

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Is it time Roehampton University provided car parking for its students?

Introduction

The situation regarding car parking on the Alton Estate is well documented and increasing pressures continue through new developments, though there has been one aspect which continues without any real action, and that is whether Roehampton University should provide car parking spaces for its students?

History has shown that the situation regarding Roehampton University students parking their vehicles on the estate is an issue (though to be clear is not the only issue with regards to car parking pressures).

The following provides some history of the concerns raised by residents;

2002 – Whitelands College student accommodation being built

The article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!’ highlighted that even back in 2002 that car parking pressure might be created through student car parking in the area.

2005 – Yellow lines introduced in the area referred to above

In the article ‘History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…’ it is highlighted that yellow lines were introduced due to student car parking pressures in that area.

2015 – Putney Society event at Roehampton University

In the article ‘Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community 24th September – some comments’ there was mention of such car parking pressure.

2016 – Roehampton University acknowledges car parking pressures

In the article ‘Roehampton University planning application 2016/5377’ the University itself acknowledges that in Roehampton there is car parking pressure.

2018 – Controlled Parking Zone being attempted in Roehampton

In the article ‘Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ’ it can be seen that one of the reasons offered for the ask of a CPZ is students parking in the area.

Summary

It can be seen that this issue has been a concern to residents in Roehampton and it might seem that the ostrich firmly has its head in the sand in terms of dealing with this?

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History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…

Introduction

Have you ever noticed the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue? The intersection of Bordon Walk and Whitelands College has them as well as along the Avenue. The following four photos highlight the yellow lines.

Have they always been there?

No, these lines have not always been there. In fact, this history of these yellow lines were highlighted in a correspondence with the Council’s Traffic and Engineering team back in 2017. The following is an extract from that correspondence;

“I can however advise that the waiting restrictions at the junction of Bordon Walk and Holybourne Avenue were introduced in late 2005, following complaints from local residents about obstructive parking in Holybourne Avenue by students attending Roehampton University.

Several surveys were undertaken during 2005 which confirmed that some vehicles were parking in inappropriate locations in Holybourne Avenue, including at its junctions with Bordon Walk and Laverstoke Gardens, close to the main vehicular entrance to the Roehampton University site and at the entrance to the Holybourne Day Centre / Huntercombe Roehampton Hospital, thereby causing safety, traffic flow and vehicular access issues, particularly for emergency services vehicles.  The then Director of Technical Services felt that some sections of yellow line Waiting Restriction were necessary at these locations to prevent this obstructive parking, which not only reduced road safety, but also potentially prevented emergency services vehicles accessing these large off road sites”.

Was this not highlighted as possible concern?

Yeap, seems to have been highlighted as a concern back in 2002 by The Putney Society (TPS) which is covered off in the blog article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!”.

Isn’t there a regeneration starting soon?

Sure is, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the traffic. A very recent example on the ARW Twitter account highlighted the virtual standstill on the Avenue.

Summary

The parking problem on the Alton Estate seems to a slow build up of issues which seems that no one wishes to tackle or possibly goes in the ‘too difficult’ pile?

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Naughty car parking

As part of the ongoing concerns about car parking, it was thought this blast from the past might be worth highlighting.

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Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ

  1. Introduction

At the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CSOSC) of 21st June 2018 a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the Dover House Estate Conservation area was discussed.

  1. What was this CPZ all about?

Summary taken from Paper 18-212:

“Petitions were received in July 2016 from some residents of Crestway and Huntingfield Road, SW15 (West Putney) reporting parking problems caused by an influx of non-resident drivers and requesting the introduction of parking controls to address parking difficulties.

Authority was obtained to carry out a consultation with residents in Crestway, Huntingfield Road, The Footpath, Vanneck Square, Dover House Road (between Crestway and Upper Richmond Road), Torwood Road, Greenstead Gardens, Henty Walk, Parkstead Road, Sunnymead Road, Laneway, Hobbes Walk, Putney Park Lane, Pleasance Road, Hawkesbury Road, The Pleasance, Newnes Path, Marrick Close, Swinburne Road, Gibbon Walk, Lysons Walk to ask for their views on the present parking conditions and on whether they would like a CPZ to be introduced in these roads.

The outcome of the consultation showed that the majority of respondents did not support the proposal and the report recommends that CPZ controls are not introduced”.

From paragraph 4, this provides some background which many on the Alton Estate are only too aware of.

“This scheme was considered following the receipt of requests from residents to address the parking problems said to be caused by hospital staff and visitors associated with nearby Queen Mary’s University Hospital as well as students at Roehampton University.  Since parking on the highway in the Dover House Estate area remains free and unrestricted, it is likely that many of the parking problems currently being experienced by residents are caused by the same groups of drivers who have spilled over into the next available uncontrolled area”.

  1. What was the feedback?
  • Only 391 out of 1,411 responded, which is 28%.
  • Yes = 47%, No = 46%, No opinion = 6%
  1. Recommendation

From paragraph 24 of Paper 18-212;

“Having considered all matters that are relevant as outlined in this Paper, including the outcome of the consultation, and the assessment against the obligations imposed by the RTRA 1984, it is recommended not to progress the petitioners’ request to introduce a CPZ in the highway sections of the Dover House Estate Area”.

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Roehampton High Street – provide your feedback regarding CPZ extension

If you haven’t seen it, please get your comments in regarding the proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) extension for Roehampton High Street.

Comments must be received by Monday 18 June.

Please have a think about how this might impact the Alton Estate for if a CPZ is agreed there, will cars then park on the Alton Estate?

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