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Heathmere School Keepers House apartments almost ready?

What’s happening?

A planning application (2016/7179) was approved which would permit 6 residential units to be built on the former Heathmere School Keepers House (Alton Road, SW15 4LJ). This article is to provide readers with some background information along with some current views of the area.

This is located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’40.8%22N+0%C2%B014’29.0%22W/@51.444665,-0.2425215,290m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!1m6!3m5!1s0x48760edbed2905d7:0xb1819da8b7db42b8!2sHeathmere+Primary+School!8m2!3d51.4455987!4d-0.2419857!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4446651!4d-0.2413898

The background

“Erection of new three storey building comprising of 6 new residential dwellings (3 x two-bedroom duplex apartments at ground and first floor level, all with private external area to the rear, and 3 x one-bedroom loft apartments with rear balconies at second floor level). Associated landscaping, boundary treatment and cycle and refuse storage”  as sourced from – https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=881526&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&DAURI=PLANNING

From the document source mentioned above the high level information is summarised as follows;

What does the area look like?

The following are photos from various angles as to what the area currently looks like.

This view is of the new apartments if coming from Alton Road via the A3 (with Heathmere School to the left of it and Stoatley House 1-20 to the right of it).

This view is of the new apartments from the other side of Alton Road.

This view is of the new apartments if coming down Alton Road past Heathmere School (with Heathmere School to the left of it and Stoatley House 1-20 to the right of it).

This view is of the new apartments from Greatham Walk (with Gosport House 1-18 to the right of it and Greatham Walk 26 to the right of it).

How was this agreed?

This was agreed at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC) on 23 March 2017 – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=37453#mgDocuments

The Council’s view of the planning application is outlined as the following – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s49688/11%202016-7179%20Heathmere%20School%20Keepers%20House%20Alton%20Road%20SW15.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=2016/7179

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

Yes there was, in this case it was Councillor Jeremy Ambache – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=5295

Is this site on the list of the Council’s brownfield sites?

Yes it is, enter ‘SW15 4LJ’ in the ‘Location’ field at the top of the webpage – https://maps.wandsworth.gov.uk/map/Aurora.svc/run?script=%5cAurora%5cpublic_Brownfield_Sites.AuroraScript%24&nocache=614915663&resize=always

For more information on brownfield sites – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200237/local_plan_-_evidence_base/2305/brownfield_land_register

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Resident engagement….recent examples cast doubt?

If you were part of either a Residents Association (RA), concerned by either the possible retro-fitting of water sprinklers or the Alton Estate regeneration, this article may of interest.

Borough Residents Forum (7 June 2018)

In short, the hierarchy for RA engagement with Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) is through a Resident Association, and then if on the Alton Estate, then the next step up is through the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) and then the next stage up is the Borough Residents Forum (BRF). At the BRF meeting which took place on 7 June 2018 the four WAHP RAs were Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA), Putney Vale Residents Association (PVRA), Crown Court Residents Association (CCRA) and Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents Association (SCGWRP RA).

Typically, the BRF is held about a week before the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) meeting. The HROSC June 14 2018 meeting was moved to the 20 June 2018 though the BRF meeting of 7 June 2018 was not moved. Normally, the BRF has first sight of some of the documents which are to be presented at the HROSC, though the BRF meeting of 7 June 2018 was quite light on detail and documents.

Having seen the discussion papers on the Agenda for the upcoming HROSC on 20 June 2018 there were various documents which should have perhaps been discussed at the BRF before being raised at the upcoming HROSC. Let’s take a look………

Regeneration Update – Winstanley/York Road Estate, SW11 (Latchmere) and Alton Estate, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 18-161)

Now imagine that you are the KHRA for one moment. You’ve put your hand up to be an RA, attend the WAHP and then the BRF. Surely, one would think it would not be unreasonable to mention that paper 18-161 is to be allowed to be raised at the BRF? The reason for mentioning this that the regeneration is seeking to include an area in Fontley Way as shown in Appendix 2, which is next to Kimpton House?

Click on the following to read the papers:

If the BRF was held a week before the HROSC would KHRA have been able to view this document?

Let’s also bear in mind that at the Alton Estate exhibition of 6 June 2018 and 9 June 2018 there was a reference to Fontley Way developments due for completion in 2020 though there was no information to be sighted regarding this. The notice for the exhibition stated “Opportunity to see the latest Alton Estate proposals’ though there was nothing to see regarding the Fontley Way development.

Petition regarding installation of sprinklers (Paper No. 18-168)

At the HROSC on 18 January 2018, five buildings impacted by possible retro fitting of water sprinklers provided petitions against this and were submitted by Councillor Malcom Grimston (West Hill ward). The five buildings are from the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward and were – Kimpton House, Swaything House, Tatchbury House, Rushmere House and Allenford House. Have a think about this, the petitions were not submitted by either of Councillor Peter Carpenter, Councillor Jeremy Ambache or Councillor Sue McKinney, which represent the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward………

Again, should KHRA be able to opine on Paper 18-168 at the BRF of 7 June 2018?

Click on the following to read the paper:

Council-led Development Programme (Paper No. 18-165)

Paper 18-165 is another which probably should have been aired at the BRF of 7 June 2018. Innes Gardens Residents Association (IGRA), which is part of the WAHP, should probably like to comment on the mention of new homes being built on rooftops and maybe the possible use of the Ashburton Youth Club for new homes. Anyone who attended the Putney Society Hustings on 18 April 2018 might remember the grilling a Innes Gardens resident gave Councillor Steffi Sutters regarding a possible lack of communication with residents regarding adding rooftop homes.

Click on the following to read the paper:

Borough Residents’ Forum – Report of meeting on 7th June 2018 (Paper No. 18-160)

The previous BRF held was on 11 January 2018 meaning that there was a gap of circa five months, which would lead one to think there would have been a lot in the way of Matters Arising to be discussed. Reading this version of the paper it is very light on the amount of discussion that was held. Some examples which were not referred to in the paper are;

  • KHRA stated that the video of the show flat did not reflect the quality of the works when you see it in person.
  • KHRA asking Ian Stewart, Assistant Director of Housing Management, whether he stood by the 2016 Fire Risk Assessments and the vague response.
  • There is no mention of comments made by the SCGWRP RA.
  • There is no mention of the lack of timely communication about the installation of fibre optics in Greatham Walk, the communication being after the event.
  • There was no mention that with regards to the following Key Achievements in 2017/18 comment of “Extra fire safety measures are now being taken, including inspection of fire safety of individual flats in blocks of 10 storeys and over” that the KHRA expressed a view that two working days was insufficient notice to ask people to take time off work to attend to this.
  • KHRA wanted the following qualified – In the BRF Minutes of 11th January (Paper 18-11) it states “The Director also advised of a lender now declining mortgage applications for properties not fitted with sprinklers which may raise further concerns for the Council’s leaseholders”. No one was challenging whether the comment was true or not, it was the context of what was said that could be viewed as misleading without the appropriate background. Therefore, as a minimum, in the Minutes it should be noted that Leeds Building Society, the institution referred to, is the 16th largest lender with less than 1% market share. Without this readers might start to panic that the properties are not mortgageable due to not having water sprinklers and this would be an over statement based on 1% of market share. Councillor Paul White supported the KHRA request. The data for Leeds Building Society is below;

Source: https://www.cml.org.uk/ documents/largest-mortgage- lenders-2016/2largest- mortgage-lenders-2016.xlsx

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Can Twitter help you get things done on the Alton Estate?

It has been mentioned at the recent meetings of both the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) meeting of 17 January 2018 and Alton Leaseholders meeting of 8 January 2018 how powerful the use of Twitter can be to assist with having things done. It is appreciated that not everyone has access to the internet or is on Twitter, though if people form groups then maybe one or more people can access Twitter to make the points. It is an extremely useful tool for having issues resolved.

Some examples are provided below.

The great water fall of Hersham Close 41-71. This took five months of effort  by the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) to have something done and it kept dragging on. Once a video of the water fall was placed online with Councillor Sue McKinney copied into the Tweet as well as the Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) this got resolved quite quickly. Now it might be the case that the Tweet and the sorting out of the situation are related though there was a step in attitude from WBC to get this resolved after the Tweet, perhaps it was a fluke? Have a look at the Tweet here –  https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/946741512842498049

A recent bust water tank on Kimpton House (surprisingly a resident of Stoughton Close mentioned this at the recent ARW meeting) perhaps this might have had a similar expediency if the water spillage was filmed and placed on Twitter?

Bessborough Road planning application (2017/6977) somehow, the application date was 12 January 2018 and the date for comments was by 5 January 2018? Clearly an error and was quickly looked into by the WBC and a response by Councillor Carpenter. Here are a couple of links which highlight this –

https://mobile.twitter.com/notwandbc/status/954003331889991681

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/953976158902681600

There was a hole in Alton Road near Heathmere School. Despite ongoing mentions to WBC even during Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk Resident Association meetings it appeared that being proactive was a bit too much to ask? In the end by placing this on Twitter copying in Thames Water it was resolved very quickly – https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/918461886290628608

Very recent examples regarding fly tipping and a messy work site on Hyacinth Road on the Alton East show how quickly WBC responded –

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/954272140504784896

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/954271815060414465

Now imagine that every time there was an issue that was not being resolved quickly or being ignored. You take a picture, Tweet it and copy in the WBC and a Councillor and maybe other relevant groups. Other groups see this and then Tweet it. The situation might become harder to ignore and it might get resolved quicker?

An idea could be that each building or group of buildings on the Alton Estate have Twitter champions who make Tweets and maybe things might be done a bit quicker around here. Who knows?

It’s now up to you.

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Roehampton University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 11)

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How many objections are there?

In all there seems to be about 238 objections (though please bear in mind the table above is an attempted guess as to numbers and the Planning team at Wandsworth Council will need to confirm this in due course).

With regards to responses by groups, the Council has confirmed that the Hersham Close Residents Association letter is equal to 48, that is one objection for each of the maisonettes. For the others, such as The Putney Society, it is unknown how this counts as.

Roehampton Forum draft Minutes of meeting 24th May

It’s somewhat staggering that in the draft Minutes of the Roehampton Forum meeting that there is no mention at all of the Kimpton House residents speaking against the planning application nor is there any mention of their petition.

Click this sentence and have a read of section 11.

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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 University seeking planning permission for cabins near Parkstead House (part 9)

How many objections are there?

In short, there are a lot. It seems to something like the following (though please bear in mind the below is an attempted guess and the Planning team at Wandsworth Council will need to confirm this in due course).

With regards to responses by groups, the Council has confirmed that the Hersham Close Residents Association letter is equal to 48, that is one objection for each of the maisonettes. For the others, such as The Putney Society, it is unknown how this counts as.

Whom? How many?
The Putney Society 1
Alton Regeneration Watch (a mainly Alton Estate based resident group) 1
Hersham Close Residents Association 48
Residents of the Alton Estate petition 41
Roehampton Forum 1
Hersham Close individual responses 16
Greatham Walk individual responses 2
Hilsea Point individual responses 1
Roehampton Gate individual responses 1
Tatchbury House individual responses 1
Kimpton House individual responses 2
Stoughton Close individual responses 1
Chilcombe House individual responses 1
Rushmere House individual responses 1
TOTAL 118

As mentioned earlier, these numbers need to be validated by the Council.

Historic England leaves decision to Council.

Historic England’s reply to this planning application was that it would delegate the decision to Wandsworth Council as highlighted below;

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Following up to the part 8 blog entry, Historic England have been asked by roeregeneration, again, to review this application. The response is as follows;

“I have again discussed the proposal with one of our Inspectors, however our position remains the same and we are not going to comment further.  As I have explained, our resources are limited which means we have to prioritise cases.  The Conservation Officer at Wandsworth is fully capable of assessing the case in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 I am sorry I am unable to assist you further on this occasion.”

Wandsworth Borough Council has five Grade I buildings (three in Roehampton) and Historic England are too busy to review.

People power driving this forward

The planning application will now be determined by the Council Planning Applications Committee and a Transport Survey will now be undertaken, as highlighted below;

“Please also be advised we have requested that a Transport Survey be undertaken and submitted to the Council.  Once we have received the survey, we will consult members of the public of the proposal.  I can also advise you the application will be determined by the Councils Planning Application Committee.  I do not have a committee date to provide yet, but when I do I will advise you accordingly”.

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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

 

Poor maintenance or just don’t care

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Well, last night when walking back from Alton West to Alton East I noticed a couple of light bulbs not working. So, tonight popped out for a quick walk around the area and noticed that in small area of the estate that there were nine light bulbs out of action, yes, nine!

Four of these were on one building.

To top it off, I tripped on the footpath, though fortunately I kept my balance. I’ll show you where in the photos that have been produced.

TO SEE ALL OF THESE ITEMS CLICK ON THIS SENTENCE.

Let’s see how long it is before these are addressed.

  • 19th November – Council emailed regarding all of these items.

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Here are the photos, which continue from the photo at the start of this article.

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Number 5

Number 6

Number 7

Number 8

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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

How long does it take to change a light bulb on the Alton Estate?

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It was noticed that a light bulb on the side of 2-24 Greatham Walk was not working for some time. So, the Council was notified, and it still is not repaired.

So far, what has happened…….

  • 26th October – sent an email to the Council about the light bulb notifying it that it had not been working for at least two weeks already.
  • 10th November – No reply and the light bulb is still not working. So, sent a follow up email asking about when the light bulb will be changed.
  • 19th November – still no response from the Council and sent another email chaser with a eight other light bulbs out of action.
  • 23rd November – response from Council that replacements have been placed with the electrical contractors
  • 28th November – have emailed the Council when this light (and others) will be repaired
  • 1st December – received an email from the Council stating that electrical contractors are aware of the situation, some of the fittings require complete replacement, the matter is to be expedited.
  • 1st December – having a quick peak at the light on this building it seems it has been repaired.

This is what was required to have ONE light bulb changed through repeated follow ups with the Council.

Is this managing the estate?

So, for those of you that had a guess as to the when the light bulb would be fixed, the closest date selected was 31 November, which appears to the closest, well done!

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 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