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Kimpton House not putting up with poor double glazing experience

2017 was a year of major works on the Alton Estate, both East and West, with regards to having double glazing installed as part of major works. On the Alton East the six buildings were – Somborne House, Chilcombe House, Rushmere House, Farnborough House, Crondall House, and Kimpton House. This being in the Manresa neighbourhood.

There has been some noise about the quality of the works that took place and one building with a newly established Residents Association, this being the Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA), decided that in addition to the noise it would challenge the service charge which was applied to for the works.

The following is the letter which was sent to Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC).

The following is the response from WBC and we’re no experts, though it does not appear that the concerns of the KHRA letter were adequately addressed? The response is below;

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Double glazing on the Alton Estate – should there be a planning application?

Picture taken of blocks on Alton East.

Something may be missing regarding the double glazing works taking place at the moment, though then again it may not……based on the Ibsley Gardens maisonettes needing planning permission for double glazing to be installed it was noticed that there does not seem to be planning applications in place for the current double glazing activity taking place on the Alton Estate.

Hopefully we’ll find out soon what the situation is, though in the meantime please see an edited email chain beneath which tried to understand what is happening.

The question has been asked of Councillor Ambache (no feedback yet) and the Council is looking into this as highlighted below.


To: WBC
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:53 PM
Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

many thanks for the below email.


From: WBC
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:12 AM
Subject: RE: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

Yes planning permission extends to buildings not within conservation areas. Replacement windows to flats, whether inside or outside a conservation area, require planning permission, whereas single dwelling houses benefit from what is called permitted development where in certain circumstances planning permission is not required for alterations and extensions.


Sent: 10 July 2017 19:12
To: WBC
Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

many thanks for the response below.

Can it be confirmed that the planning permission also extends to buildings not within the Conservation area?

Presently, there are six blocks in the Alton East undergoing the uPVC work and it was not long ago that maisonettes in nearby Ibsley Gardens (planning application 2013/0771) which were not in a conservation area underwent a planning application?


From: WBC
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 12:45 PM
Subject: RE: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

I have been passed your query on the installation of the replacement double glazed windows on the Alton Estate. Firstly apologies for the delay in getting a response to you. We have been investigating exactly what changes have taken place and if any permission has been sought.

In response to the points in your email I can confirm that:
1. Given the buildings are in a conservation area planning permission should be sought for the changes to the windows.
2. There is no requirement to consult non-Council bodies on the changes to the windows by virtue of the buildings not being listed.

There are certain circumstances where the Council would not require a planning application to be submitted for replacement windows. This appears to have been the incorrect assumption in this case. Further advise from the Planning Department has now been issued to the Housing Department advising that a retrospective application should be submitted for the new windows to be formally assessed. Upon receipt of a planning application the Planning Department will put up a site notice at each block where the windows have been replaced informing residents about the application and how they can comment.

I hope that help explains the situation, but please do come back to me should you have any further questions.


To: WBC

Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:39 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

is there any progress please regarding what the position is?

It is almost a month this was first raised.


To: WBC

Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:10 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

I can appreciate that this is an unexpected, and most unfortunate, burden on the Council, though 2.5 weeks to not receive any response whatsoever is not particularly good.


From: WBC

Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:27 AM

Subject: RE: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

I am taking the issue up with the Team in the Housing Department responsible, to ascertain their understanding of the situation. However, I’m afraid the same Team is responsible for investigating and progressing fire safety issues on Council blocks in the wake of the Grenfell fire. I am sure in those circumstances you will understand that getting a clear response is taking a little longer than might otherwise be expected. I will press as far as possible, and update you when I have further information.


 

Sent: 28 June 2017 21:44

To: WBC

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

thank you for your email, which is the first response received since raising this on 9th June.

After the 20th June there were follows on 22nd June and 25th June and to date there have been no answers to any of the questions raised.

Is there any idea as to when answers will be forthcoming?


From: WBC

Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Subject: FW: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

Your e-mail of 20th June below has been passed to me for response. I will look into the matter and respond to you once I have an understanding of the situation.


To: WBC; Ambache Jeremy (Cllr) <jambache@wandsworth.gov.uk>

Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:51 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

it has been two weeks since the query of whether the Council required planning permission for the changing of windows and as of yet there has been no reply. Given the delay it seems to strongly indicate that no planning application has been obtained and there is some scurrying around behind the scenes to ascertain the position?

I’ve added Councillors Field and Belton (Chair and opposition speaker of the Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee) to this email should they have anything to add.

An additional query to add please is what is the reason for planning application 2013/0771 if this current batch of double glazing installations did not require planning application?


To: WBC; Ambache Jeremy (Cllr) <jambache@wandsworth.gov.uk>

Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:54 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

are either of you able to answer the queries please?


To: WBC

Cc: Ambache Jeremy (Cllr) <jambache@wandsworth.gov.uk>;

Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:01 AM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

can you please revert on the emails below.

I am especially keen to understand what the position is regarding whether a planning application was required. The following text was received from the 20 Century Society when they were asked the question about whether a planning was required;

“The council are only required to consult us in relation to proposed demolition, although we encourage consultation on windows etc.

If the windows are being altered on listed buildings in the CA without listed building consent and planning permission, this would be a breach of planning control. For unlisted buildings, it depends whether or not there is an Article 4 direction within the Conservation Area which would require applications to be made to the local authority for replacement windows. If there is, you can contact the planning enforcement group to report it, and they may take action and require windows to be changed. The CA appraisal states the following:

3.7 Works to maisonettes, flat blocks and houses converted to flats: These buildings do not benefit from permitted development rights and therefore most external alterations will require planning permission, including: Changing windows and front doors… (p. 55)

The CA appraisal also states the following:

2.5 There were various types of windows used on the Estate. It is important that the correct type of window is retained in the conservation area to maintain the unity of the houses and blocks. Where lost, owners are advised to reinstate the correct type of window taking care to faithfully replicate the details and dimensions. (p. 51)

2.6 The installation of windows of a different pattern, design and construction material, such as aluminium should be avoided, Upvc windows usually fail to replicate original detail sufficiently and are also not recommended. Installing new airtight windows can cause damp and therefore the correct ventilation is essential. (p. 52)

I would recommend that you contact the conservation group and planning enforcement at Wandsworth”.


To: WBC

Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:35 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

in addition to the below query can you provide information as to the reason why there is the following planning application –

Planning application: 2013/0771

Proposal Replacement windows and doors from metal/timber to UPVC together with external & communal decorations & repairs; to 28-58 Alton Road, 1-20 & 21-35 Fontley Way, 81-103, 105-127 & 110-148 Ibsley Gardens.

However, for the current batch of properties in tower blocks which are having double glazing installed there does not seem to any planning application and most, if not all, are within the Alton Conservation Area. What is the reason for these properties having a planning application and not the tower blocks?

At the upcoming Roehampton Forum this will be mentioned and it will be good to have an update for this meeting.


To: WBC

Sent: Friday, June 9, 2017 3:24 PM

Subject: Double glazing on the Alton Estate

Could you please provide me with some background to the following query.

On the Alton Estate there are major works on the Alton Estate which involve double glazing being installed on buildings which are within a conservation area.

When this was mentioned at a local amenity society meeting this raised eyebrows as there had been no mention of a planning application.

This leads to the following queries

  1. Given the buildings are within a conservation area should there be a planning application? If not, what’s the reason for no planning application?
  2. As the buildings are within a conservation area, has there been a consultation with non-Council bodies regarding such works?
  3. If the answer to question 2 is “yes” can these non-Council bodies please be named.

Thank you in advance of your reply.


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Or email your local Member of Parliament at;

  • Justine Greening – greeningj@parliament.uk

Kimpton House receives letter about car parking

Imagine how one would feel as a resident of Kimpton House (in the Manresa neighbourhood of the Alton estate) to receive this letter given the situation regarding car parking on the estate, especially with car parking taken up by contractors  for the double glazing installation (imagine what will happen when the regeneration starts!!!!), student car parking and the already tight supply of car parks for existing residents.

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

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

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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Our comments regarding the Let’s Talk evening (29th September)

What was the event about?

In the Council’s own words this was a meeting about “The council wants to know what you think about life in Roehampton and Putney Heath ward”. This took place on the 29th September and more details, such as which Councillors attended, can be found at the link below

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAMPHLET].

What topics were discussed?

Well, there were a few, though we will highlight six.

  1. Double glazing (third point in the ‘Councillor report’)

A leaseholder from Kimpon House highlighted the situation whereby if he had installed double glazing of his own  merit, he would still have had to pay his share of the works should double glazing be completed in the future for the block. We experienced this situation ourselves when we wished to have double glazing in Ibsley Gardens, so we didn’t bother.

On the topic of double glazing, we mentioned the current works that have taken place at Ibsley Gardens and that we are dissatisfied with the work that has been done. At the moment, we could almost be the Project Managers given the back and forth between the Council and the Contractors. On two occasions were have caught out the Council relying on the Contractors word as to what jobs remained outstanding, and we have had to press the Council to find out what is wrong with the extractor fans. Plus the fact that at the start of the process the suppliers of the double glazing had to be replaced as they hit financial difficulties. Well……Fontley Way and Highcliffe Drive, we wish you all the best.

  1. Service charges

Related to this, the issue of service charges was raised. It was suggested by the same individual that for major works, leaseholders should be given an indication of at least three years in advance of the potential cost, which we supported. This makes sense as it allows leaseholders to prepare for the large spend.

Such advance knowledge, after a Kimpton House resident highlighted this to us, allowed us to factor that in when the Council was seeking views about a one off spend that we would have originally agreed to. [Thanks again to that resident for letting us know this].

  1. General maintenance

Residents of Shawford Court raised the issue of maintenance and highlighted some examples. I think many of us have experienced this and we have shared a couple of examples with the Council after this meeting and might be worth you doing the same and copying us into any emails so we can see what concerns you on this front.

It was added by a resident that if the Council can’t get it right now, then what about the regeneration? This is a question we have asked Team Roehampton in the past. What comfort do the residents of the Alton have that the Council will be able to handle the maintenance of the Alton when the regeneration is completed.

  1. The Alton East regeneration

This old chestnut appeared again. A member of the Roehampton Partnership (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GROUP) raised the issue of a lack of consultation regarding the regeneration for this part of the Alton. This is the same member that raised the issue at the Roehampton Partnership at the meeting of July 8th. Team Roehampton suggested that consultation occurred. So the question is, will the Roehampton Partnership do something about this? Under its constitution, section 23, this needs to be resolved as under ‘dispute resolution’, though maybe the Roehampton Partnership will take a ‘pragmatic’ view (as mentioned to us when they responded concerning poor attendances at the Partnership) and just ignore it, as appears to be the case with its constitutional failings.

How many have heard about the Alton East regeneration? How many of you believe that you have been consulted with?

  1. Roehampton library

This is an interesting one. A Tory Councillor quit the Conservatives on the basis that libraries will be closed under a proposed plan by the Council. The Council denies this though this has brought into question whether Roehampton library will be closed.

When asked about the Roehampton library, Councillor Maddan stated that the library will be open for at least the next four years based on a contract.

Hmmmm……..let’s have a think about this. Recently Roehampton University had expansion plans approved by the Council and it was mentioned that “the library will provide state of the art facilities and will be available for public use”. Now, we read that as the Roehampton library may be under risk.

What do you think? Let us know.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE PUTNEYSW15 ARTICLE ABOUT LIBRARY CLOSURES, AND MENTION OF ROEHAMPTON’S LIBRARY]

[CLICK HERE FOR THE WANDSWORTH GUARDIAN ARTICLE ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY]

[CLICK HERE FOR THE WANDSWORTH GUARDIAN ARTICLE ABOUT AN ANONYMOUS COUNCILLOR CONFIRMING POTENTIAL LIBRARY CLOSURES]

  1. Residents Associations (RAs)

The topic of RAs caused some discussion. There was a mention of the failure to establish a RA in Fontley Way recently. A main reason for this being mentioned that tenants which are not leaseholders or council tenants could not take on a position on the Committee. The new chair of the Forum mentioned this rule being inadequate. Councillor Maddan thought that this rule was ‘clap trap’, so hopefully we can see a change of this rule.

This rule may have contributed to our recent failed attempt at Kimpton House to create a Residents Association within the last couple few months.

Contact

Make your voices heard, email your Councillors and copy us in. Together we can make a difference.

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

And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Our email address – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – if you would like to share your thoughts.