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Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – to be discussed at the Planning Application Committee this week

This Thursday 23rd March at 7:30pm at the Council’s Planning Applications Committee the application for Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ (2016/7179) is to be discussed and the Council’s recommendation is to approve Approve with Conditions CIL Liable.

Some comments regarding the supporting document are as follows:

Section: Consultation Summary

This section states 13 objections though it includes representations from the following and this section might understate the level of objections?

  • Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association
  • Hersham Close Residents Association
  • Roehampton Housing Association Ltd
  • Heathmere Primary School
  • Councillor Carpenter (one would think that if a ward Councillor objected that this would be mentioned and there is no mention at all of this objection???)

Section 2.6 – loss of tree

States the following – “The proposed development would result in the loss of one mature tree of good visual amenity value at the front of the site. Nevertheless, this would be adequately mitigated through the provision of new trees on site – to be discussed in further detail in the ‘Arboriculture and Landscaping’ section of the report”. This tree is gone and was commented on the objections.

Section 4.5 – privacy

States the following – “In terms of privacy, there would be a number of new openings across three storeys in easterly and westerly directions from the site. Nevertheless, a high degree of mutual overlooking already subsists over Alton Road and to the rear (east), from existing properties in the locality. As such, it is not considered that the additional windows would significantly increase this level of overlooking, to the detriment of neighbouring privacy levels”. Not so, Greatham Walk 26-34 would have additional windows facing towards the back of the houses where presently there are none.

Section 4.9 – Heathmere School raises concerns

States the following – “Safeguarding concerns have also been raised by the school. However, a distinct boundary would separate the site from the school grounds. Moreover, it is not considered unusual for a residential site to sit adjacent or near to school premises. Therefore, it is considered that safeguarding can be adequately dealt with in accordance with the current procedures and practices of the school – and legislation if necessary – and would not be prejudiced by the proposed development”. One wonders what Heathmere School thinks of this comment?

Section 5.2 – car parking

States the following – “The new residences make no provision for off-street parking. Given the relatively low PTAL rating, and considering the average car ownership rates in this ward, the development is likely to add a minor increase in parking demand to the area. This area is experiencing car parking pressure and the majority of objections received make mention of this. However with no formal parking regulations in place, and given the small size of the development, the expected vehicle movements and car parking demand is not deemed significant enough to warrant any objections from a highway and traffic perspective”. Residents, what do you think of this comment? It reads as though as there is “no formal parking regulations in place” then this could be translated into, “tough, pay for a permit and secure your car parking space”. This lack of controlled parking was recently highlighted in the article about the creation of student accommodation in Whitelands College (“Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!”).

Section 5.6 – car parking

States the following – “In light of the above, it is not expected that the development would give rise to an adverse impact on pedestrian or highways safety in the locality. Furthermore, due to its modest scale, the proposed development would not give rise to a severe impact on the local road network through increased vehicle movements or on-street parking pressure. Highways Officers have raised no objection to the application and TfL are not required to be consulted on this type of application in this location. Therefore, the application is consistent with policies DMT1 and DMT2 of the DMPD”. The Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Resident Association objection had many photos which highlighted that the buses have to swerve between cars and travel between cars, plus the ward Councillors are currently being emailed to highlight concerns regarding car parking.

Local representation on the Planning Application Committee

Councillor Jeremy Ambache is on the Committee.

Council documents for this meeting:

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For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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
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Heathmere School Keepers House planning application – progress

The amount of objections has grown and there are a few groups, in addition to individuals, whom have commented.

Such groups being;

  • Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association
  • Hersham Close Residents Association
  • Roehampton Housing Association Ltd
  • Heathmere Primary School

Some comments are highlighted below;

Heathmere Primary School

Heathmere School would like to object to the planning permission for the erection of a new three storey building overlooking the school. I apologise for the delay in replying but this has only just been brought to my attention and I would be extremely grateful if the schools objections could be considered when reviewing this planning permission as the new building would directly affect the school due to its proximity Details of the planning application are: Location ? Heathmere School Keepers House, Alton Road, SW15 4LJ Application Number – 2016/7179 Our Details ? Heathmere School, Alton Road, Roehampton, SW15 4LJ There are several issues that directly affect the school if this planning permission was to be granted, namely: 1.    The proposed balconies to the property would directly overlook adjacent properties and more importantly our playground this is a serious safeguarding and child protection issue, the school already has significant issues with parents from adjacent flats peering over the fence to talk to their children and this would be further exasperated by individuals, especially if they are not parents of our children, looking over the school and trying to communicate with the pupils. The school operates very strict procedures relating to safeguarding i.e. blinds are drawn when children are in the hall playing games however we have to be extra vigilant when children are outside, these balconies should not face the school and the planning application should be rejected on this fundamental issue . 2.     Although Alton Road is not considered a heavily trafficked road, it is a bus route which restricts parking for residents, staff and visitors to the school, especially at peak times for morning drops offs and afternoon pick-ups . A key benefit to the school with regards to recruitment and retention is the availability of parking close to the school. As no additional parking is being provided under this planning application this would hinder the staff and visitors of Heathmere School as well as deter potential teachers from applying. Due to the location of the school we already experience extreme difficulties in recruitment, this development would further hinder the progress this school has made in recent years. Could you please acknowledge receipt of this objection and keep the school informed of future developments with regards to this planning application.

Councillor Carpenter

The proposal needs to be modified to provide some off road car parking in the front of the development, as the area is already overparked. Alternatively the adjacent garages could be developed to provide additional off road parking.

Mr Mountford

In response to the letter sent to residents located around the proposed construction, can you inform me as to whether the Eucalyptus Tree in the gardens of said property will remain or will it be affected by ‘associated landscaping’?

According to the plans, it would seem that the Eucalyptus Tree will be removed. As it is one of a kind and unique to Alton Road the tree should remain in situ.

As this used to be a School Keepers House, shouldn’t any renovation or reconstruction consider using this land for the benefit of Heathmere school and its students? Alton Road will become crowded and congested, especially with car parking spaces in short supply.

Can you still get your comments in?

There is nothing to stop you from doing so and it will be down to the Council to accept the late comment.

To read the comments to date and the various documents regarding the planning application, please click on this sentence.

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 Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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

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

Councillor Carpenter speaks about shared council resources

A Putney Society event which has one our ward Councillors speaking about shared council resources. Shame this was not mentioned at the most recent Roehampton Forum meeting. Can anyone recall our Councillors promoting this in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward?

“Merger of Richmond and Wandsworth Councils – Members Meeting 23rd January

Event Date: Jan 23, 2017

 Members Meeting: Merger of Richmond & Wandsworth Councils, Monday 23rd January in the Community Church, Werter Road, SW15 2LL

 What are the implications of the merger?  How will it affect us on a daily basis?

The merger is called a “Staff Sharing Arrangement”.   Under extreme financial pressues it was decdied that it would be economical to share some services between the two councils.  Skewed towards the senior staff in both organisations, the expected savings are around 20%.  Currently procurement, property and systens are shared services.  How will this work?  Will the difference in Council Tax affect the merger?   Wandsworth has one of the lowest  in the country (Band D £674.22 vs Richmond’s £1582.39). 

 We hope all our concerns will be allayed and your questions answered on 23rd January.

 Free to members and a £3 donation from non-members is appreciated.”

Source: http://www.putneysociety.org.uk/events/council-merger-members-meeting-28th-november.html

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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

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

Roehampton November 2016 crime figures

The Roehampton November 2016 crime figures were recently released and it is interesting that at the December Alton Regeneration Watch meeting a topic was how the regeneration will improve crime figures. Councillor Carpenter provided views on the topic though his focus was on drug crime, which from the figures below are negligible.

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You will see that over the years anti-social behaviour has decreased though violence and sexual offences has increased. This used to be referred to as “violent crime” until May 2013. It will be fascinating to see how, or whether, the regeneration will impact these figures.

You can find the crime figures at – https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000621/crime/+kUuVfy/

You can zoom in to have a closer look at what is happening quite close to your home.

Related documents/articles of interest:

 Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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

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

Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – July 2nd

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 it is always best for the reader to have a look for themselves.

 Applications (pages 26 and 27)

The growth of the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward knows no bounds with an additional 25 properties potentially in the pipeline. Panning applications 2016/3409 (4 properties) and 2016/3126 (21 properties and 24 spot allocated for car parking!).

 Decisions (page 23)

Again, more growth, with one house to be demolished and two to be built, planning application 2016/1017.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Roehampton Club at the Barnes Fair

Yesterday, roeregeneration had a look around the Barnes Fair and it was noticed that the Roehampton Club had a stall at this event.

Interestingly, last week at the Roehampton Festival, it wasn’t recalled having seen the Roehampton Club attend. If anyone has a different recollection, then please do let us know.

It could possibly be viewed as disappointing that a member of the Roehampton Partnership was at a fair in Barnes rather than at a fair on a patch it should be representing?

Related articles that may be of interest;

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Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk