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Pocklington Court development

What’s happening?

A planning application (2018/0272) for 95 units to be built on the current Pocklington Court site, 74 Alton Road, SW15 4NN, was submitted earlier this year. This article is to provide readers with some background information along with some current views of the area. At the moment, it’s understood that the buildings on this site are not being used (if incorrect then please inform us).

Pocklington Court is located at – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Alton+Rd,+London+SW15+4NN/@51.4445041,-0.2420375,259m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760eda34ae1a87:0x69dbb3bc901cc28!8m2!3d51.4439994!4d-0.2417422

The background

“Demolition of existing buildings and erection of part 2, 5 and 6 storey buildings comprising 41 No. Class C3 Extra Care units and 54 No. Class C3 intermediate affordable units; landscaping and new public realm; energy centre; new basement/lower ground car park accessed off Alton Road (from existing access point); and a new vehicular access off Alton Road into site.” as sourced from –

https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdResults.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&SC=Application%20Number%20contains%202018/0272&FT=Planning%20Application%20Search%20Results&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/Menus/PL.xml&XSLTemplate=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Wandsworth/xslt/PL/PLResults.xslt&PS=10&XMLLoc=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/generic/XMLtemp/chvmmd45sosgolywjxwkmc45/8783854e-c427-4c12-be87-44727daf8a18.xml

From the document source mentioned above the high level information is summarised, on a best efforts basis, as follows;

What does the area look like?

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

How was this agreed?

This was agreed at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC) on 19 July 2018 – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=304&MId=5799&Ver=4

Read the comments about the planning application in section 63, whereby Councillor Peter Carpenter “had requested that his opposition to the development on the grounds that it was too large for the site, be conveyed to the Committee”.

The Council’s view of the planning application is outlined as the following – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s58875/1%202018-0272%20-%20Pocklington%20Court%2074%20Alton%20Road%20SW15%204NN.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=2018/0272

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

Yes there was, in this case it was Councillor Claire Gilbert – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=5799

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Bessborough Road-Petersfield Rise development

What’s happening?

A planning application (2017/6977) was approved which would permit 10 residential units to be built on the existing area of Sherwood Lodge, Bessborough Road 1-4, and Petersfield Rise car parking spaces, SW15 4AE. This article is to provide readers with some background information along with some current views of the area.

Sherwood Lodge is located at –

https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’50.9%22N+0%C2%B014’18.1%22W/@51.447483,-0.2389177,145m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760eded0a2557d:0x71e0f6b1a8f7be6c!2sPetersfield+Rise,+London+SW15+4AE!3b1!8m2!3d51.4470423!4d-0.2381854!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4474834!4d-0.2383504

And next door is the car parking places – Car parking spaces

https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’50.3%22N+0%C2%B014’17.4%22W/@51.4473,-0.2387197,145m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760eded0a2557d:0x71e0f6b1a8f7be6c!2sPetersfield+Rise,+London+SW15+4AE!3b1!8m2!3d51.4470423!4d-0.2381854!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4473004!4d-0.2381522

The background

“The demolition of Sherwood Lodge and associated outbuildings and the construction of a four-storey building, comprising 10 residential (Class C3) units, plus improvements to existing open space and public realm, vehicular and cycle parking and refuse and recycling stores” as sourced from –

https://planning1.wandsworth.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning%20Applications%20On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=917143&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, on a best efforts basis, as follows;

What does the area look like?

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

The car spaces as highlighted in the Council planning officers report has capacity for about 20 car parking places. As far as we can understand this refers to nine places facing Bessborough Road, eight facing Ashton House 1-14, and three loosely parked where possible.

This view is of Sherwood Lodge with the building and garages boarded up.

How was this agreed?

This was agreed at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC) on 26 June 2018 – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=42798

The Council’s view of the planning application is outlined as the following – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/documents/s58335/5%202017-6977%20-%20Petersfield%20Rise%20and%20Bessborough%20Road%20SW15%204AE.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=2017/6977

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

Yes there was, in this case it was Councillor Claire Gilbert – https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=5798

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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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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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What became of the portacabin planning application?

For background on Roehampton University’s portacabin planning applications this can be found in previous articles within this blog under variance references such as ‘portacabins’, ‘2016/1385’ or ‘2016/5912’. Many people have asked about this planning application, for various reasons whether it be what happened or how did it not go to the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC), and this blog is to highlight some further background which might be of interest, not just for this application, though perhaps for others.

There were three retrospective planning applications, with the first two being withdrawn.

Application number: 2015/5648

Proposal: Erection of six portacabins for a temporary period of five years.

First Council document mentioned is on 14 October 2015 and the decision notice of 19 February states this application was withdrawn on 14 February 2016.

The portacabins in question are highlighted in the photo below taken from Kimpton House. Keep an eye on the portacabins in the red rectangle. Parkstead House (Grade I listed) is in the background.

Application number: 2016/1385

Proposal: Retention of seven portacabins sited against the southern boundary for a period of three years (affecting the setting of a Grade I listed building).

Decision: Withdrawn

Notice the retention change in the proposal from five years to three years, though the number of portacabins increased from six to seven?

This application was started on 15 March 2016, only a month after application 2015/5648, though was able to continue until December 2016. At this stage, this retrospective planning application had been in motion for a year with two withdrawn applications. There were a lot of objections which were lodged against this withdrawn planning application meaning that objectors had to start again with the next planning application.

Application number: 2016/5912

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).

Application Registered: 14 November 2016, though documents started to be uploaded on 11 October 2016

Decision: Approve with Conditions 14 February 2017

Again, there were a lot of objections, though have you noticed two further amendments.

The retention is now for three cabins instead of seven. Also, the date of approval is 28 months after the first document was uploaded (15 October 2015) with the first planning application (2015/5648).

The following photo, also taken from Kimpton House, highlights the now removed portacabins.

Didn’t Councillor Carpenter suggest he was going to provide resident representations at the Council’s Planning Application Committee (PAC)?

Yes, this was stated at the Roehampton Forum, yet didn’t happen. It has been suggested that Councillor Carpenter may not have been aware of the Council’s delegated power which permits planning application to be agreed by the Council’s planners rather than the PAC. This application was approved as it was less than 500 square metres of non-residential floor space. If this is true, one hopes that Councillor Carpenter is aware of the delegated powers now that he is on the PAC?

Another suggestion was that maybe Councillor Carpenter did not make his views known to the PAC that he wished to make representations at the PAC regarding this planning application. If this is true, then could Councillor Ambache, who was on the PAC at the time, could have informed Councillor Carpenter to make his representation position known to PAC members?

At the Let’s Talk event of 12th September 2016 wasn’t the portacabin planning discussed?

Yes, it was, and the following is taken from the Minutes;

“4. Roehampton University

Question/Comment – A resident said that he had contacted the planning service, without response, about the portacabins that had been erected without planning permission in the car park at Roehampton University facing Kimpton House. He said that the portacabins had been in place over 4 years and reduced on-site parking provision at the University that had been pushed out onto already busy roads such as Holybourne Avenue and Fontley Way. He suggested a survey by the University about staff and student parking during term and non-term time to determine the impact of the portacabins and said that residents were being forced into accepting a CPZ because of University demands. Concern also raised that the University is ‘getting away’ with not following due process and who is auditing the process? A resident raised the issue of excessive noise emanating from the University portacabins that affected Kimpton House and ‘terrified’ some residents.

Response – It was noted that an earlier planning application had been withdrawn but a revised one was due to be submitted including a transport assessment. A planning enforcement notice was still valid in respect of the unauthorised structures. Councillor Carpenter said that the University claimed that the portacabins did not reduce parking as the car park had been repainted to provide the same number of spaces as previously. He again advised residents to come along to the councillors surgeries to speak about any problems and if possible to attend the Roehampton Forum and Roehampton Partnership meetings. Councillor Ambache told the meeting that breaches of planning control should be reported to the planning service at the Town Hall and that, as a member of the Planning Applications Committee that would consider any application, he would not be able to ‘take a position’ on the matter but was listening to the related dialogue. He also confirmed that he was available to be contacted on any of the issues raised and this could be done in a variety of ways.

Councillor McKinney said that she understood the portacabin area to be the psychology department.

 With the consent of the meeting, Rev. McKinney then spoke as a governor of Whitelands College to inform the meeting that some concerns had been expressed at the Roehampton Forum. He said that he would raise the issue of the noise with the college and also that as far as he was aware the portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”.

Note that there is a comment in the Let’s Talk Minutes which states that the “portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”?

What does this application and Ibstock School’s planning application (2015/5074) have in common?

Both applications have taken at least two years to work their way through the planning system before being approved, though were being utilized by the applicants to some extent. As this is typed, Ibstock School’s planning application was registered on 22 September 2015 and is yet to be approved.

Three attempts for one planning application, maybe something to think about for 66 Alton Road?

With so many objections to the second application having to be repeated for the third application, is this a lesson as to the fate that 66 Alton Road (planning application 2017/3082) may face? Residents and interested parties may need to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for further attempts to demolish this building.

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