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Roehampton Parish Hall planning application goes to Planning Committee (24 May 2018)

At the forthcoming Planning Applications Committee on 24 May 2018, the Roehampton Parish Hall (otherwise known as the Cornerstone to many local residents) planning application is going to be discussed. 

This is planning application 2017/6304 and the proposal for the planning application is;

“Alterations in connection with temporary change of use of ground floor and part basement/first floor levels from non residentail institutions (Class D1) to office (Class B1); associated landscaping and provision of two dedicated accessible parking spaces. Installation of vehicle barrier. Provision of refuse/cycle storage”.

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Roehampton Parish Hall (Cornerstone) – planning application

Some of may be aware of the Roehampton Parish Hall (also referred to as Cornerstone) planning application (2017/6304) and then again maybe not. It is for “Alterations in connection with temporary change of use of ground floor and part basement/first floor levels from non residentail institutions (Class D1) to office (Class B1); associated landscaping and provision of two dedicated accessible parking spaces. Installation of vehicle barrier. Provision of refuse/cycle storage”.

Communication with potential interested parties was poorly done for at least two reasons.

Confusion regarding the notification within the Weekly Planning notices. The application notice of 20th January 2018 listed planning application 2018/0073 which has the Applicant as ‘Housing and Regeneration, Room 217, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street London SW18 2PU’ within the ‘Roehampton and Putney Heath’ ward on page 21. Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to assume that this planning application, listed in the Weekly Planning notice of 10th February 2018 as ‘Wandsworth Borough Council, Alton Regeneration Team, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU’ would follow the same logic. However, this is not so, as this appears on page 56 under the section ‘Council’s Own Applic’ rather than on page 29 which is the ‘Roehampton and Putney Heath’ ward. Those interested in this application could have missed this.

Within the ‘Neighbours Details’ it does not appear to  list any properties from the Alton Estate, which further exacerbates the problem of poor communication. Shawford Court and Hersham Close should have been included for consultation due to their proximity.

Concerns about what will happen after the temporary use

This building was considering by local residents as being important enough to have this put forth as a locally listed building which happened on 8th October 2015. However, there is a concern with what happens after the three years expires. According to Section 1.1 of BNP Paribas Real Estate’s ‘Roehampton Parish Hall, Alton Road, SW15 4LF, Purchase Report, May 2015’ it states that “We understand that the Council is considering purchasing the freehold interest to enable it to provide decant space for occupiers that will be displaced as a result of the nearby Alton Estate regeneration scheme”. For further information review the whatdotheyknow article ‘Information regarding Cornerstone purchase’ .

The building was supported to be a locally listed building as it is important to the community and has been used for community use, an example being a hustings for Councillor candidates at the 2014 local elections. This planning application cannot be agreed to unless residents are permitted to understand what the post-temporary use will be and it should be for community use.

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

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  • Justine Greening – greeningj@parliament.uk

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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Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Freedom of Information requests via WhatDoTheyKnow

It has been referred to in a past blog regarding the use of Freedom of Information requests though through the kind assistance of Gerlinde Gniewosz the website WhatDoTheyKnow has been shared with us.

The following FoI requests are asked with reference to the Alton Estate in Roehampton.

The following has now been asked (click on each sentence to have a read of them).

August 2016

July 2016

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Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Cornerstone…………..memories………

Well, the London Mayor election has come and gone, however, walking past the Cornerstone, I saw this sign and it makes you think that it must have been well known that this building served the community well in days gone by.

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Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk