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Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!

The recent fiasco with regards to the Roehampton University (planning application (2016/5912) to do with the portacabins resulted in a search of what was mentioned when the current student accommodation by Whitelands College was first being planned for. From planning applications 2002/3673 & 2002/3676 there are some interesting comments which hold true today, some 15 years later. Let’s have a look at some of the comments.

The Putney Society must have had a crystal ball as the comments about car parking seem to apply very much to the present.

The Green Travel Plan (page 49 of the Committee report)

How much of the following do you think is still current?

“The Green Travel Plan (GTP) includes a survey of the current travel modes by staff/students at the West Hill campus and the main Roehampton Lane campus. The GTP proposes the continuation of the University shuttle bus between the two campus sites but with increased frequency; display of bus information within the campus: interest free loans for staff to purchase public transport season tickets; negotiate discounts for staff/students with local bus operators; organise ‘ride home’ for staff; provision of a bus shelter with seating at Barnes Station; preparation of public transport leaflets; encourage cycling; install pedestrian signage; introduce a car share scheme for staff; promote home working and flexitime policy and, appoint a travel co-ordinator.”

Objection comment (pages 50-51 of the Committee report)

“Responses to scheme as originally submitted:

2 objections: increase in population creating more competition for already inadequate services. Loss of tress. Anti-social behavior from students. Loss of open space would further the Alton Estate decline. New blocks should be reduced in height by one storey. Provision of facilities for a ‘privileged group’ should be mirrored by similar facilities for the young people of Roehampton generally.”

The Putney Society (page 53 of the Committee report)

“Concerned that the proposed development will generate considerable demand for parking which will have a damaging impact on surrounding streets. A ‘Green Travel Plan’ is required.

 Applicants transport assessment is riddled with inaccuracies. No parking is provided for students. The assessment is very superficial and fails to note the extensive free parking space bays on the Red Route Roehampton Lane outside the main university campus (filled by students), the lack of such bays on the stretch of Roehampton Lane near Parkstead and the parking pressures which have arisen in the residential areas to the east of Roehampton Lane (no doubt caused by students) opposite the main campus site. There is real concern that the roads around the Parkstead site, on the Alton Estate, will be subject to serious parking pressures – and these roads are already heavily parked. The transport assessment fails to address this issue properly.”

The Putney Society (page 56 of the Committee report)

“The Putney Society – the society’s previous objections to the proposed destruction of the woodland area to the east of Parkstead House, much appreciated from outside the site, and its replacement by blocks of student accommodation, still stands. These blocks would cause environmental loss to the area adjoining the application site because of their scale and appearance. The blocks need to be reduced to three storeys. Concern at the likely demand for student parking on the streets surrounding the site still stands. The applicants have not addressed this issue seriously.”

Engineering services (page 57 of the Committee report)

“The number of staff at the site would be 184 and the number of students attending the site would 836 and based on this the level of parking in accordance with the Council’s Revised UDP would be 102 spaces for both staff and students. The development would provide accommodation for 317 students and 121 off street parking sspaces which will be restricted to staff use. This level of parking provision exceeds the Council’s standards but as the site is in a location with medium accessibility to public transport is probably acceptable. It is likely that some students will own cars and as they will not be permitted to park them within the development they will park on streets nearby. The applicant has been requested to supply an estimate of the number of cars generated by the development which would be parked on the streets around the development at various times of the day”.

Council’s comment (page 60 of the Committee report)

“At present, there is no operational residents parking scheme in the area and there is understandable concern that the proposed development could result in an overspill of parking into the surrounding area, particularly as the area is not particularly well served by public transport.

While a relatively intensive form of development, the level of on-site parking is limited given the site’s medium accessibility location. In this respect, the university, as with the main campus, continues to discourage the use of private cars by both students and staff. While the application includes a Green Travel Plan, there may inevitably be some additional pressure on parking in neighbouring roads”.

Roeregeneration conclusion

This was 14/15 years ago, and the car parking issues persist. What have the ward Councillors been doing about this problem during this time?

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – February 18th 2017

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 and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications

There doesn’t appear to be any this week.

 Decisions (page 20)

Application No: 2016/5912 W

  • Decided on: 14/02/2017
  • Date Registered: 14/11/2016 Legal Agreement : N
  • Address: Parkstead House, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue, SW15
  • Proposal: Retention of three portacabins at the southern end of the site for use as additional teaching space for a further 3 years (Affecting the setting of a Grade I listed building).
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: University of Roehampton, C/O Boyer Planning, Second Floor, 24 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HF
  • Agent: Boyer Planning, Second Floor, 24 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HF
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

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Roehampton University answers questions about student car parking

Given the volume of objections to various Roehampton University planning applications based mainly around car parking impacts on local residents a Freedom of Information request was sent to the University.

According to the Gov.uk website when a question is asked “You should get the information within 20 working days. The organisation will tell you when to expect the information if they need more time”.

With regard to this timeframe this 20 day timescale was not achieved. The timings were:

  • 23 October 2016 – questions were sent to the University.
  • 16 November 2016 – a chaser was sent to the University asking for progress.
  • 22 November 2016 – a chaser was re-sent as the email of 16 November bounced.
  • 10 December 2016 – a further chaser was sent to the University.
  • 15 December 2016 – finally, a reply received and this also provided answers to the questions.

Was the delay so as to possibly not interfere with the planning applications which were in process, or was it for other reasons?

What the answers seem to be pointing towards is that student car parking is the Council’s responsibility via the planning application process. Does this seem a bit like the University is washing its hands of any responsibility for student car parking in the ward?

The questions and answers are below;

From: University

15 December 2016

Freedom of Information Request Roehampton University and car parking

With reference to your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, dated 22 November 2016, I can confirm that the University holds some, but not all,  the information requested.

Your request was, in general terms, for the following information, which is set out in  full detail below: car parking arrangements for students.

Our response is as follows:

As a resident of the Alton Estate and the recent acknowledgement by the University  of Roehampton that it does “understand the pressure on parking cars in  Roehampton” (as stated as part of planning application 2016/5377 letter dated 14th  September 2016 signed by Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr) following queries are asked of  the University;

1.         What is the current maximum capacity of resident students in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward that the University can accommodate?

The University has 2,053 rooms on-campus – including Mount Clare and  Whitelands.

2.         Has the University conducted any analysis of how many of these resident  students have a car?

No, we have not carried out an analysis as we don’t offer parking for students  unless they can demonstrate limited mobility which is then approved through  Disabilities Service. We keep a record of this.  A recent travel survey included  questions about modes of travel to the University, and to promote more  sustainable travel, not car ownership.

3.         If the answer to question 2 is yes, can the University share this analysis?

Although as stated above, the travel survey did not ask about car ownership, however the results showed that 75% of our students use sustainable modes of travel to get to and from the University.

4.         If the answer to question 2 is no, can the University explain the reason for not having done this?

This is because the University has no reason to undertake a survey for a  service we do not offer.

5.         If the answer to question 2 is no, does the University have plans to conduct such an analysis?

No, however students are invited to participate in University-wide travel surveys from time to time, as noted above.

6.         If the answer to question 5 is no, what is the explanation for not conducting such an analysis?

This is because the University has no reason to undertake a survey for a service we do not offer.

7.         Given that resident students are not permitted to park their cars on campus can the University provide an explanation of where the resident students park their  cars?

This information is not held.

However, heavily discounted rates are offered in the car park at Queen Mary’s Hospital.  After 4.30pm through to 8am and also at weekends students are  permitted to park on campus

8.         If the answer to question 7 is no, does the University intend to carry out such an analysis?

No.

9.         If the answer to question 8 is no, then please explain the reason for not doing so.

This information is not held.   However, the comment in response to question 4 above is relevant; as the  University cannot monitor where students park (other than on campus or at  QMH) there would be no reason (or authority) for the University to conduct  such a survey.  Nor would there be a requirement on students to respond to  such a survey in respect of parking in roads without parking restrictions.

10.       Regarding the wording “we strongly discourage students from bringing their  cars on campus” it is asked that the University detail how it discourages students  from parking on campus.

In the accommodation handbook and on the web we discourage students from bringing cars due to the parking restrictions and the strong public transport links, as described below:

“Handbook:  Student cannot park on campus between 8:30am and 4:30pm (Monday to Friday) during term time.  The University advises resident students not to have a car.  Everything you need is available locally or is easily accessible by public transport.”

The University’s Travel Plan sets out other methods of transport, including bus routes and timetables.  There is significant on-going investment in provision for cyclists, including secure racking and shower facilities.  In particular, covered secure  cycle racking for 100 bikes has been provided at Elm Grove Hall, and the University  now has over 500 cycle spaces across the campus

11.      Regarding the wording “The University’s contract with resident students prohibits them from applying for a residents parking permit in the local area”, is the University aware that such permits are limited to a very small part of Roehampton as highlighted by the following Council webpage –

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200459/parking_zones/218/locations_of_parking

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This information is not held.

12.       Given that planning application 2016/1385 and 2016/4901 are connected to this planning application in that they involve car parking as a concern as expressed by residents. Will the University seek to address these concerns with residents?   The University will continue to discourage car use by its students, and the parking arrangements are not affected by the planning application.

13.       If the answer to question 12 is yes, then please explain how this will be done.

14.       If the answer to question 13 is no, then please explain the reason for not doing so.

In response to Question 12, as the planning application does not change parking arrangements, the University does not intend to seek to address any concerns with residents and relies on the planning application process.

Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/queries_to_the_university_about#outgoing-604992

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Roehampton University portacabins – still time to object

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From the above photo it can be seen that last date in now 22nd December. This photo was taken on Holybourne Avenue.

To have a read of the planning application and the many objections to date, click on this sentence.

Also, a Forum has started on putneysw15 which is regarding this planning application. There are many comments which provide food for thought, though one sums it up quite interestingly.

“I’m not saying I have a better option, but when I break it down like this, it doesn’t seem fair:

 Problem – local residents having issues with the availability of parking outside their houses.

 Cause – the increase in demand for parking by university students.

 Solution – make the local residents pay to park outside their houses”.

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – November 19th

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 and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications (page 19)

Application No: 2016/5912

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 217
  • Date Registered: 14 November 2016
  • Address: Parkstead House, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue SW15
  • Press Notice(s) Site Notice(s)
  • Proposal: Retention of three portacabins at the southern end of the site for use as additional teaching space for a further 3 years (Affecting the setting of a Grade I listed building).
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: University of Roehampton, C/O Boyer Planning, Second Floor, 24 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HF
  • Agent: Boyer Planning, Second Floor, 24 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HF
  • Officer dealing with this application: Daniel Piercy
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 6632

Application No: 2016/5972

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 0
  • Date Registered: 17 November 2016
  • Address: Land at Highcliffe Drive, Clarence Lane, SW15
  • Proposal: Details of sustainabiltily measures pursuant to conditions 12 of planning permission dated 21/04/2011 ref 2009/4199 (Redevelopment of disused tennis courts within grounds of Downshire House. Erection of three-storey block fronting Clarence Lane and four-storey block adjacent to Binley House to provide 20 flats (10 affordable), together with car parking, cycle parking and landscaping.)
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Alton Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr Hughes, Wandsworth House, 170 East Hill, London SW18 2HD
  • Agent: Mr Hughes, Wandsworth House, 170 East Hill, London SW18 2HD
  • Officer dealing with this application: Daniel Piercy
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 6632

Decisions (page 24)

Application No: 2016/4655 W

  • Decided on: 17/11/2016
  • Date Registered: 25/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 16 Roehampton Gate, SW15 5JS
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing building and erection of a two-storey (plus basement and roof levels) house.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr Peter Farrell, C/O Agent
  • Agent: Paddock Johnson Partnership, Studio 2, The Lyceum, Bath Street, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions CIL Liable
  • Decision Taker: Full Committee

Application No: 2016/1947 W

  • Decided on: 18/11/2016
  • Date Registered: 03/10/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: Land to the north of Roehampton Vale, London, SW15
  • Proposal: Details of materials and landscaping pursuant to conditions 3 and 4 of advertisement consent dated 26th May 2015 ref 2015/0506 (Installation of internally illuminated LED freestanding sign (5m x 7.5m high) on structure 6.4m wide and 12.3m high).
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Outdoor Plus Ltd, 54 Baker Street, London W1U 7BU
  • Agent: Outdoor Plus Ltd, 54 Baker Street, London W1U 7BU
  • Decision: Approve No Conditions
  • Decision Taker : Delegated Standard

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Contact

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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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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

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Roe Uni portacabins – suggestions for objections to planning application

Requests have come in from readers asking for suggestions for how to phrase objections to this planning objection. Two suggestions are provided by roeregeneration below, and it is stressed that these are suggestions and you are of course free to choose how you amend the text.

Some examples are provided already by those that have objected as highlighted by the progress screen shot below;

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Source: https://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2016/5912

To assist, you can click on each of the below to read the objections.

Suggestion 1

You could write something along the lines of the below;

Dear Planning Team,

Regarding:

Planning application: 2016/5912

Location: Parkstead House, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue SW15

I am emailing to object to this planning application for the reasons outlined in planning objections provided by Howitt, Salt, the ARW, the Putney Society and Reigo.

Suggestion 2

You could email the Planning Team using some or all of the objections outlined below;

Dear Planning Team,

Regarding:

Planning application: 2016/5912

Location: Parkstead House, Whitelands College, Holybourne Avenue SW15

I am emailing to object to this planning application for the reasons outlined below;

The portacabins impact the setting of Grade I Parkstead House. The University has circa a dozen listed properties within its remit and yet this has been allowed to occur without permission hence this retrospective planning application. The University should have known better and what message does this send out to large institutions in the area if this is permitted.

These portacabins contributed to contravening the Wandsworth Council Local Plan DMS1, especially sections (c ), (j) and (l).

This represents poor management by the University of understanding how to service its needs. It seems to have focused on building student accommodation at the expense of teaching facilities.

Uncertainty of when the requested three years permission begins. Surely, it can’t be from the date of the planning application decision given this attempt for permission began early this year, if not earlier.

A key part of objections to the University planning applications 2016/1365 (previous portacabin objection), 2016/5377 (resident students not permitted to have parking permits) and 2016/4901 (the University Travel Plan) was that these did not address issues raised regarding the University’s students parking in and around the Alton Estate. This latest planning application completely fails to address this point and in fact acknowledges this absence in this planning application. This shows disregard for the local residents.

There is no mention whatsoever of the noise pollution issue raised by Kimpton House residents at the Roehampton Forum this year and how the University intends to fulfil its promises to mitigate such anti-social behaviour.

The portacabins are too close to Kimpton House and in fact peer over the University’s gate and above the garages referred to in the planning application in an un-neighbourly fashion.

There is no mention whatsoever of how these car parking issues will be co-ordinated with future impacts such as the Alton Estate regeneration, the potential Medfield Street controlled parking zone, and the lifting of the student cap. Without addressing these concerns the existing car parking pressures will likely increase.

Where to send your objections

Email it to: planning@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Contact

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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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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

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Roe Uni’s 2nd attempt at portacabins planning application has officially begun

If you haven’t seen the letter, Roehampton University’s second planning application (2016/5912) attempt for the maintaining of the portacabins has begun as detailed by the letters below.

A suggested draft objection will be uploaded to the roeregeneration website very soon.

NOTE: December 5th is the last date for objections.

To review the history of what happened with the original planning application (2016/1365) please see the below related articles.

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Contact

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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

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